Learning All About Roofing Materials

Learning All About Roofing Materials

Reasons Why You Shouldn't Put Off Roof Repairs

Beverley Hall

Having a brand new roof installed may be the last thing you think about incorporating into your budget. Although you have patched it several times, the roof still seems to leak and it's getting worse. While you may feel you can't afford to install a new roof right now, you may want to reconsider. Letting a small leak go can eventually lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home. Here are a few common reasons why you shouldn't put off needed roof repairs.

Insulation Damage

A leaky roof can go undetected for months and possibly years. If your attic and walls are well insulated, a dripping roof may be absorbed by all of the insulation materials, and you won't know it until you inspect the area. It's important to examine your attic area at least once a year to look for visible changes in your insulation. Always be sure to wear protective gear, especially gloves to avoid coming into direct contact with the insulation. Here are some telltale signs that water may have seeped through:

  • The insulation appears to be moved or disheveled
  • Insulation appears to be wet or clumpy
  • Spots of mold or mildew appear on the insulation

Finding the root cause of the water damage can be tricky. Start by looking around the area where the insulation has been damaged. If you can see areas of rotting wood, or a visible hole in the roof or wall, this is an indication that your roof has been damaged. There could be more than one area of water seepage. Having a total roof replacement will help rectify the problem and allow you to safely add new, fresh insulation to keep your home warm and airtight.

Damage To Gutter System

A roof that leaks can also cause problems with your home's gutter system. A leaky roof may also lead to rotting underlayment under the roof base. Wood underlayment helps support the gutter system on your home including the siding, fascia, soffit and eavestroughs. A rotting roof can lead to nails popping and your gutter system coming down and bending or breaking.

Structural Issues

Letting roof repairs go by the wayside can lead to significant structural damage throughout your entire home. Leaks can easily reach your home's main supporting beams. Over time, this can lead to the wood rotting, warping or bending. Having to replace wood beams, drywall, carpeting and your home's electrical system can throw your budget over the edge. Getting your roof replaced now, will help preserve the interior structure of your home.

Mold Formation

The biggest issue with water damage from a roof leak is that it can contribute to mold growth. Mold can be widespread before you even notice its presence. Mold not only diminishes the air quality that you breathe in your home, it also rots the structure of your home and damages insulation, drywall and carpeting.

Calling in a professional roofing contractor to take a close look at your roof and determine what repairs or replacement needs to take place is beneficial to the well-being of your family and the condition of your home.

For more information, contact MM Roofing & Construction Systems Inc. or a similar company.


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Learning All About Roofing Materials

Hi, I'm Dwight Eberstark. I am crazy about all of the different types of roofing materials available today. While upgrading the roof on my home, I looked into the material options in great detail. I studied all of the different metal materials used to create modern shingles. I also looked into switching to asphalt, wood or tile shingles. I eventually settled on bronze shingles designed to last for decades. Instead of aging, the bronze finish just continues to improve. I also switched to metal gutters that make a beautiful sound when the rain falls onto the surface. I would like to share my passion for roofing materials through this site. Thank you for coming by. Visit again soon.