Your roof plays a vital role; not only does it protect your household from exposure to the elements, such as sunbeams, rain, and biting winds, but also helps keep you cool in the summer and cozy in the winter. Energy efficiency and element protection are the two key roles of your roof.
What happens when you notice a leak? Should you panic and start scheduling a total roof replacement? No, not necessarily, but you definitely shouldn’t overlook it or put off on getting it inspected. Roof leaks don’t have to be complicated or extremely expensive. In fact, most cases of leaks can be resolved in quick and effective repairs. However, things get pricier and more difficult when homeowners delay or ignore leaks for long periods of time, allowing the damage to increase while the problem festers.
We’ve outlined some serious reasons you should act quickly if you spot a leak below.
- Structural Damage – Let’s talk about the obvious one first. A leak can cause damage to your attic area, as well as your ceiling, floors, and furniture. This may mean you need to replace insulation, fix bubbling ceiling plaster, repaint the ceiling, replace drywall, remove and replace ceiling fixtures (fans and lights), or even replace flooring in certain areas if the damage goes unchecked.
- Unwanted Mold – Nobody likes the idea of mold or mildew developing in their home, especially if they could have put a stop to it. Mold can pose a serious health risk, quickly spreading through an HVAC system / venting. You may be looking at ruined carpet or furnishings if mold or mildew are spread without any action. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made it clear that mold growth in a home can result in health problems or aggravated health issues, from asthma to allergies.
- Electrical Hazards – While a water leak may seem like the last thing that would lead to a fire, this is a serious threat when you have electrical wiring in your ceiling or attic area. A consistent water leak may lead to a home fire due to wire shorting, which is why you never want to ignore a leak, even if it seems harmless or like it is causing minimal visible damage.
- Throwing Away Money – Leaks can cause damage to your home’s insulation, which means a spike in energy bills (as well as the costs to fix the leak, add new insulation, repair any structural damage etc.). The longer you put off a roof leak, the more problems you could end up having to deal with. Higher utility bills are the last thing you want to deal with on top of a roof repair!
If you’ve noticed a leak in your roof and want to get to the bottom of it, waste no time in calling on your local roofing experts. Start by scheduling an inspection of the area to ensure you get a clear idea of the damage involved and what steps you will need to take to fix it, whether it is simply structural or involves some additional work outside of your roofer’s jurisdiction.
Semper Solaris has been faithfully serving customers throughout Southern California and beyond for numerous years. We tackle roofing projects big and small and can help you get to the bottom of your roof leak. Contact us now to talk about your roof repairs.