From time to time a roof can get damaged by many factors. Sometimes a fallen branch causes roof damage or a severe storm sweeps through the area bringing high winds or hail which can damage your roof. When this happens and you develop a roof leak on your home it’s important to get it repaired as quickly as possible. For wide spread damage on the roof, a new roof may be needed and since they can become quite expensive depending on the size and configuration of your home, many home owners will delay getting a new roof in Ann Arbor Michigan as long as possible. However, this may not be a good idea. Here’s why…
What Happens When You Don’t Get a New Roof in Ann Arbor Michigan When You Need It?
The exterior of your home is made to take on the elements. From the extreme cold we get here in Ann Arbor Michigan to the rainy spring that usually occurs about March or April every year. The roof and siding on your home are made to take on these elements without any problems. But, the interior of your home is a much different story. Most interior components in your home are not designed to come in contact with water. When water starts to impact these interior components, it usually spells trouble and it won’t be long before damage starts occurring on these interior components. The longer a roof leak exists on your home the more damage that these interior components will have and the price of repairs will also increase.
Getting roof leaks taken care of quickly is important as when you delay you cause more damage to your home. Here are just some of the damages that your home may have when you decide to delay getting a new roof when needed.
Roof Leaks Will Get Worse
The roof leak on your home will remain there until it is repaired or the roof is replaced. It will not go away on it’s own. Sure it may not leak water in fair weather but every time it rains more damage will be occurring on your home. Over time the roof leak will likely also get worse. So a roof leak that leaks about a pint of water now may double or triple that the next rainfall.
Roof Decking May Be Damaged
One part of the roof that can be damaged when you have a roof leak is the roof decking. The roof decking is made from either plywood or OSB board which is not treated for water. It can take on some water and remain usable, but after a few times being saturated it can start to fatigue and sag which will be quite noticeable on the roof. At this point, getting a new roof would require that part of the roof decking to also be replaced or the new roof will sag as well. The longer the roof leaks remain the more roof decking that will become damaged and need to be replaced. Also if you wanted to re-roof the home leaving the old roof in place, it would not be feasible since the roof decking would have damage.
You Create a Fire Hazard
Water entering your home’s attic in some places can be extremely dangerous. Consider a roof leak that is directly above a light fixture or electrical box. Water which enters the home through a roof leak and goes into an electrical of lighting box can become a fire hazard. If you notice water damage around any light fixtures in your home make sure you turn off any circuit breakers until you can have a contractor check it.
Mold May Start Growing in Your Home
Not only can water damage cause all sorts of damage to the inside of your home it can also provide a better environment for things you don’t want in your home, namely mold. Mold thrives in areas such as an attic that is always wet and high humidity. When you have a roof leak which constantly dumps water into the attic, it provides an ideal place for mold to grow.
Call a Contractor
If you have a roof leak or need a new roof installed on your Ann Arbor Michigan home be sure to call a contractor from help. At Ann Arbor Remodeling Contractor, you can get a free quote on roof repairs or replacement. They can also finance a new roof in most situations and can install the roof in just a single day. Give them a call today at (734) 619-1271 to talk with one of their representatives about your roofing needs and find out options that may be available to you.