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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Put off Your Roof Repairs

Personal_Finance / Home Maintenance Nov 27, 2020 - 03:21 PM GMT

By: Steve_Barker


Unfortunately, a lot of people are under the wrong impression that they can easily put off their roof repairs and maintenance until a later time. Signs of roof damage are usually hard to spot unless you know what to look for, which is why most homeowners notice them when it’s too late. Roof maintenance can quickly become a costly affair when left unchecked. This is why you must never ignore your roof’s needs, especially if it has sustained several beatings over the years. 

From strong winds to hot UV rays, your roof is bound to start deteriorating due to continuous exposure to such harsh external factors. To help you understand why you should never put off repairing your roof, we’ve listed the four most important reasons you should keep in mind.

1. Repairs Become Costlier Every Day

If you’re procrastinating when it comes to repairing your roof, you will only be fighting an uphill battle that only gets worse as time passes. A few missing shingles can translate to a roof full of moisture and mold that can leak down into the house. The most vulnerable elements on your roof are those that are right underneath the solid exterior structure, and while it may take some time for it to be drastically affected, it can become much harder to fix later on. Instead of resorting to a drastic measure like purchasing a new roof, repairing it can provide you with a guarantee that can help you weather out a lot of unfavorable situations and save money. If you have insurance on your roof, the costs of the premium are going to rise as it ages without proper maintenance. You won’t find the insurance coverage that’s going to include repairs that are way past due, costing you extra in the long run.

2. Bad Weather

Under perfectly smooth climate conditions, a roof can definitely go a long while without the need for repairs or maintenance. Since the weather isn’t really something that can do much to change its course conveniently, your home’s roof is quite vulnerable to bad weather strikes. Even a perfectly strong roof can have trouble withstanding serious storms or winds. If you’ve been putting off a lot of repairs and a storm simply comes by, it will force you to change the whole roof with a new one, which can cost a fortune.

You should never take chances when it comes to unexpected weather events. If you happen to live in an area where it constantly snows or rains, such as Spokane, Washington, you need to pay extra attention to the snow piling up on the roof. As mentioned by Spokane roof repair, allowing the damage to escalate could lead to disaster, but repairing what needs to be repaired, from asphalt shingles to roof drains, can de-escalate the problem quickly. Aside from devastating weather conditions, the water damage that may occur due to heavy rain can allow moisture to seep into the internal structure of your home, causing leaks and serious ceiling damage.

3. Maintaining the Home Resale Value

Convenience aside, there are financial aspects that are directly linked to the roof of your house. If you’re planning to sell your house in the future, the last thing you want is for the roof to bring its resale value to the ground. Your roof maintains a major part of your curb appeal, giving it a nice look from the perspective of a buyer. No one wants their new home to have a roof that makes it look like a very old and unmaintained house. When you keep putting off these repairs until it’s time to sell the house, you’ll notice that the resale value has significantly taken a hit, which leaves little room to maneuver during the negotiations. 

If the roof is in an irreparable state, a lot of buyers would avoid it for safety reasons, and not just aesthetic ones. A ruined roof often implies a damaged internal structure, which can lead to later problems, so it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to sell the house quickly with such a roof.

4. Fire Hazard

One of the many dangers that are often overlooked because it seems counterintuitive is the risk of fire. Having your house vulnerable to a fire is a very dangerous situation that you certainly don’t want to be looming over the fate of your house and health—having an exposed roof due to a storm or any deterioration risks exposing the electrical circuit as well, which can be a recipe for disaster when it rains. Water can short your entire electric system in the house, starting a potential fire and causing irreparable damages. 

There are many reasons why you must avoid putting off your roof repairs. The key is to make sure that you can identify the symptoms of a deteriorating roof right away. The most practical way to go about this is to conduct routine maintenance, which gives you a chance to stay on top of any potential issues before they escalate into costly disasters.

By Steve Barker

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