As a homeowner, there are lots of maintenance tasks to take care of regularly. Some are more important than others. From house painting to winter-proofing your pipes, there is never a shortage of chores. Let’s consider a roof leak. Although it’s tempting to ignore it for a while, it’s actually one of the most important things to fix right away. Read on to discover some of the causes of a leaky roof and consequences if ignored.
What Can Happen if You Don’t Fix a Leaky Roof?
One of the first things homeowners notice when they have a leaky roof is a water spot on their ceiling. But the water can go to other places too – like the attic floor, into walls, and onto the framing. Water in your attic can cause substantial damage to your insulation, which requires replacement. And, when water seeps and leaks onto wood, it can result in dry rot and mold. Speaking of mold, nobody wants it in their home because of the significant health problems it can cause.
Other unexpected issues from a leak in your roof are electrical damage and the potential for a fire. Everybody knows that water and electricity is a bad combination. Water coming in contact with wiring can produce a short and cause a fire. If you see water coming in near open wiring, shut off your power and call an electrician and AmeriPro Roofing. Besides a risk of fire, water coming into your home can wreak havoc on drywall, flooring, and household belongings. And if you’re away from home for an extended period of time, the amount of damage could be catastrophic. As you can see, ignoring a leak in your roof (no matter how small) isn’t smart. Let’s move on to how you can prevent these problems from occurring.
Routine Roof Inspections Can Prevent Catastrophes
Having your roof checked by a professional on an annual basis can catch any small leaks and issues before they become a big problem or even a flood! Consider a roof inspection similar to your yearly medical or dental check-up. A professional roofer, just like a trusted doctor can see issues that you might not know are there.
A roof inspection looks for many things; here are the main items a good roof inspection should cover:
- Shingle damage or missing shingles
- Granule loss on shingles
- Caulking problems that can let water in
- Flashing that’s deteriorated or missing
- Pipes without rubber boots or rotted boots
- Sagging areas or wood rot
- Missing or damaged chimney caps
- Damaged or unsecured gutters
- Fascia board damage or dry rot
As a homeowner, you can always keep an eye on the above items yourself, but many of our customers would rather not climb tall ladders and walk on slippery roofs. That’s where having a professional do the job comes in.
Storm Prep Helps You Avoid Roof Problems
Whether you’re in an area of the country with heavy rain, snow, or winds, there’s nothing better than being prepared and avoiding a leaky roof repair. As you’re getting ready for inclement weather, it’s smart to have your roof inspected. That way, if you have a few shingles loose or areas that water or moisture can get into, it’s fixed before the storms arrive.
A well-cared-for roof has a much better chance of surviving a bad storm without any major damage than a neglected one. And the best time to get ready for a storm is when the sun is shining. Scheduling is easier, and there’s a good chance regular maintenance can be less than the leaky roof repair cost. If you do have storm damage, your insurance company will be more likely to cover it if your roof is well maintained.
How We Can Help With Homeowners Insurance
Dealing with insurance companies after a storm can be frustrating and overwhelming. AmeriPro roofing has lots of experience successfully dealing with homeowners’ roof insurance claims. And you don’t have to do it alone. When you work with AmeriPro, we can meet with your homeowner’s insurance company to help in the claims process. All of our estimates are in writing, and very detailed, which is what insurance companies require. The materials we recommend are specially selected to avoid future storm damage.
When preparing your home for upcoming storms here are some final tips:
- Have a trained professional inspect your roof and do any repairs right away.
- Throughout the year, ensure your roof is clear of debris. Remove any sticks, branches, or leaves right away.
- Keep your gutters clean. Not only will it keep the water moving along, but clean gutters also last much longer.
- Make sure to remove any dead trees on your property if they could fall on your roof.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips on how to avoid a leaky roof. Since 2000, AmeriPro Roofing has been helping keep families safe and dry. We service Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin. For more information about roof inspection and preparing your roof for the storm season, contact us today.