A leaky roof can cause significant property damage. The amount of damage depends on the age and severity of the leak. It's common to put off repairing roof leaks, but doing so often increases repair costs due to ongoing damage.
Here are some common ways a leaky roof can damage your home.
Damages Ceiling and Attic
Many homeowners discover their roof is leaking when they notice signs of water intrusion in their attic or upper floor. You may notice dark spots in the ceiling of your attic. You may even find water slowly dripping if the leak is very close to the attic area.
Signs of water damage in the attic are often the first indication and an early warning sign of a leaky roof. At this stage, leaks are often easier to repair.
Encourages Mold Growth
Mold thrives in damp environments and grows readily with the help of a leaking roof. The mold growth is a concern because it can cause damage and deterioration to structural components of your roof. It can cause wood to rot and can damage roofing material such as shingles, making the problem worse.
It isn't always easy to spot mold problems resulting from leaky roofs. Schedule an inspection if you suspect that a leaky roof is at the heart of your mold issues.
Decreases Energy Efficiency
Many homeowners are unaware that a leaky roof can seriously impact the energy efficiency of your home. The water can seep in and damage your insulation. When this happens, your heating and cooling system will need to work harder to keep your home cool in the summer and warm when temperatures drop, resulting in higher energy bills.
Damages Paint and Drywall
Leaks that have gone undetected for a while often cause damage to the drywall and paint. You may start to notice the paint peeling in the area where the water from the leaky roof has intruded.
This often occurs with more serious, longer standing leaks and may increase repair cost.
Causes Electrical Problems
Over the long-term, leaking water from your roof can damage your electrical system. If the leak is near your electrical wiring or finds its way into your electrical system, it can damage copper wires, causing them to malfunction and short out.
You'll not only need to repair your roof in this situation; you'll also need to repair your electrical system if this happens. In addition, it's not uncommon for long-term roof leaks to cause electrical fires, making this a serious issue to watch out for.
Lowers Property Value
If you're considering selling your home, you'll want to repair your leaking roof before putting your home on the market. Selling as-is means you'll lose property value, as the new owner will have to account for the cost of repairs.
It may also make your home more difficult to sell, as buyers often prefer to purchase properties that don't require any major repairs.
Preventing Future Leaks
When you discover that your roof is leaking, you're likely to wonder what caused the leak and how you can prevent leaks in the future. Leaks most commonly occur because part of your roof is damaged or worn down due to age.
Replacing roofs when they're near the end of their lifespan and practicing good roof maintenance helps prevent leaks and the resulting damage. Checking your roof annually for broken shingles and other signs of deterioration will go a long way in helping to maintain your roof.
To protect the structural integrity of your home, it's crucial to act fast when you discover that your roof is leaking. Contact Johnson Roofing Co. to schedule an inspection and have your leaky roof repaired.