There’s an old saying: “If it isn’t broken, do not fix it.” As Calgary AB’s highly-reputable local roofer, we’re highly skeptical of this idea. Things that do not seem to show anything amiss have a habit of breaking down without your knowledge such as old and aged roofs.
We are referring to roofs beyond the age of 15 or have reached last five years of their estimated lifespans. Just like aged appliances, old roofs require more maintenance and eventual repairs, which are greatly expensive. Furthermore, these services do not even improve the roof’s performance against leaks or anything similar.
The consequences of neglecting your old or damaged roof is not any clearer than Bak Brothers’ post about the topic. Did you know neglecting your old roof because it doesn’t seem broken can decrease your property value? Read on more about it below!
The Consequences of Neglecting Your Old or Damaged Roof
Is your roof aging or in desperate need of repair? If so, you should have it fixed by a home remodeling professional as soon as possible. Failing to repair a roof can result in severe damage that will compromise the structural integrity of your home. Here are some of the consequences of neglecting an old or damaged roof:
Big Repair Costs
Homeowners sometimes think that minor roof damage like a loose shingle or missing tile is not a serious concern. However, nothing could be further from the truth. What appears to be a small problem today will ultimately develop into a much larger issue. Scheduling regular maintenance and fixing minor problems as they occur will cost much less than extensive repairs or total roof replacement, which often becomes necessary when damage and leaks are left unaddressed.
Severe Water Damage
Water can easily leak through old or damaged roofs, which is a problem that should not be taken lightly. After water passes through a roof, it can become trapped inside the attic or move down into a home’s walls, damaging insulation and causing mold to grow. Mold growth is particularly troublesome not only because it is difficult to remove, but also because it is hazardous to human health.
Poor Safety (Read More Here)
In our years of working on Calgary AB roof leaks, we’ve always seen the detrimental water damage roof leaks bring into homes. Additionally, old and aging roofs with poor or no maintenance are the culprits we always find. To supplement the content above, we’d like you to know more about the possible foundational damages roof leaks old roofs bring into your home can cause. Angie’s List has a comprehensive post on roof leaks’ devastating consequences below.
7 Unexpected Dangers of a Leaky Roof
There are many different household problems that can be procrastinated. However, a roof leak repair should take the highest priority on your list of home maintenance issues. Roofing leaks can develop for a variety of reasons: improper roof installation, wind or storm damage, and lack of maintenance. Keep in mind that most roofs are only meant to last 20 to 30 years so it could simply be time to replace your roof.
So why is even a small roof leak so critical for your entire household? Most homeowners think a leaky roof is just a structural problem, but it can actually pose many more safety and even health risks. Constant water intrusion will eventually work down from the attic area to the very foundation of the house, causing plenty of costly damage on the way. Here are some of the less-obvious ways a roof leak can damage your home.
1. Attic and ceiling damage
The initial dangers of a roof leak are damage to the attic area and items stored there. If there is no attic, or the size of the leak is really big, it will damage the interior ceiling. Affected ceiling paint will darken and ceiling plaster may bubble and expand. The leaking water also will damage paint and plaster on nearby walls. You can also expect damage on ceiling-mounted lights and fans.
2. Interior mold and mildew issues
In the longer term, one of the most serious consequences of a leaking roof is mold and mildew growth. Mold can spread throughout the home’s structure, to the HVAC system and then to the rest of the house through the vents where it can invade carpets, furniture and even clothing.
Black mold is the most common type resulting from chronic water intrusion. Toxic black mold growth is rare, but even non-toxic black mold attacks wood framing, ceiling tiles, and wall and floor coverings. Mold is difficult to get rid of, and it is rather costly.
3. Health concerns from mold (Read More Here)
It’s true that your home will face huge damages that will take time to repair all thanks to an aging and neglected roof. However, the average cost of repairs after water damage is sure to shock any Calgary AB homeowner. Trust us, you’d choose to have a fresh roof installation because the expenses are lower if you compare the costs to recovering from massive property (including non-roof) damages. The Balance has a complete breakdown below.
Average Cost of Repairs After Water Damage
Water Damage is a major cause of home insurance claims, and can be very costly to repair. Water damages caused by weather and storms continues to increase causing thousands of dollars in homeowner claims a year. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 1 in 50 insured homes has a water damage claim each year. Depending on where the water damage occurs, the costs of repair will vary because you need to take into account several factors, including the size of the affected area and materials that will need to be replaced or restored.
Home insurance may cover several types of water damage depending on the cause. In any water damage situation you will be looking at three sets of costs that you have to add together to understand the total cost of your water damage repairs:
- Cost of water removal, cleanup, ventilation and decontamination
- Cost of building and structural repairs
- Cost of replacement, cleaning or replacement of personal property and mechanical equipment
Here’s an example of Calculations of Actual Loss Sustained in a Sample Water Damage Claim including costs of repairs, totaling $63,000 and how all these small amounts add up.
Factors Impacting the Cost of Repair From Water Damage (Read More Here)
Both roof leaks and roof installations can be huge financial commitments. However, choosing to replace your old roof before any of these can happen will prolong the lifespan and improve the integrity of your residential property. No Payne Roofing is here to help you with any roof leak repairs or installations you may need. Contact us today!