Home improvement projects are often focused on the parts of the home that are used and seen the most, like the back patio or the driveway. As a result, the roof is sometimes overlooked, but it certainly shouldn’t be. A well-repaired roof adds aesthetic value (and resell value) to any home and putting off repairs can lead to further damage to both the interior and exterior of the home. It’s time to give your roof a little TLC.
Different Types of Roof Repairs
There are a few different options for how to repair a roof depending on the extent of the damage. If just the plywood is damaged, some roofing companies, like London Construction Services, offer to replace rotting and damaged plywood. If the issue is a section of the roof, a roof repair will entail replacing plywood if necessary and removing and replacing any damaged shingles. A new roof installation will eventually be necessary due to the age of the roof, but this may be necessary sooner than expected if small repairs go untreated or storm damage is extensive. During a new roof installation, all the shingles are removed and replaced.
A high-quality roof repair will lead to a longer roof life with fewer problems to worry about, so be careful in choosing a roof repair service and look for one that provides a warranty, which indicates a quality product.
Common Causes of Roof Damage
Roofs face a lot of wear-and-tear from the elements over time. Extreme temperatures, moisture, storms, and age all take their toll on the roof. High temperatures can cause blistering, which happens when water vapor trapped between plies expands and causes bubbles to form on the roof’s surface. Blistering shortens the lifespan of shingles. Moisture on the roof from rain and snow can cause algae and stain over time, which gives the roof an unpleasant look. If the moisture problem becomes severe, the whole roof could rot, destroying the structural integrity of the roof. Storms can cause increased moisture damage and also missing shingles, which will eventually lead to a leaky roof.
Effects of Roof Damage
Roof damage can lead to a leaky roof, which can spell trouble for the interior of the home. A chronically leaky roof will damage insulation, causing heat and cool air to escape and landing you with a higher energy bill. Moisture from a leaky roof can also lead to mildew growing in the interior of the home. A leaky roof can even be a fire hazard if electrical wires are present in the attic or ceiling. If the leak continues, the moisture could threaten the structural integrity of the home as well.
Remember, if you act quickly to repair your roof, you may extend its life and not only delay an eventual roof replacement but also keep the interior of the home safe and dry in the meantime. Don’t wait until a leaky roof has caused mildew to sprout in your home. Take steps now to assess the damage to your roof.