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The Risks of Putting off Roof Repairs

While roof repairs can be inconvenient, procrastinating them can cause even more problems. Many people mistakenly assume minimal roof damage doesn’t have to be repaired right away. However, homeowners need to understand that not repairing roof damage immediately can present multiple, sometimes “invisible” risks.

Compromised structure

Your roof is meant to protect your home. So when it’s damaged, it isn’t able to do its job. Putting off roof repairs only worsens the problem and puts other aspects of your home at risk. For example, wind and rain can easily cause further damage inside the attic and framing, weakening the overall structure of your home. Additionally, ceiling discoloration, roof shrinkage, and compromised sealants are other problems you could encounter if you put off repairing your roof.

Increased repair cost

The longer you put off roof repairs, the more extensive the damage and the more money you will probably have to spend to get the damage fixed. Getting your roof repaired as soon as you know there is a problem means you only spend money on the actual damage and not on further damage that happened as a result of neglect and procrastination. Depending on how long you put off roof repairs, your insurance company may not even cover the cost of them, so be sure to file a claim as soon as you are aware of any roof damage.

Carpenter ant infestation

Putting off roof repairs also presents a hazard because wet wood attracts carpenter ants. Carpenter ants burrow and make nests in wet wood and are a hassle to get rid of.

Mold growth

One of the most serious repercussions of putting off roof repairs is mold.
Children, elderly individuals, and pregnant women are at the most risk when it comes to mold. According to the CDC, “In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.” Fixing roof damage in a timely manner is the best way to prevent mold growth.

Closing thoughts

Ultimately, repairing your roof as soon as possible can save you some unnecessary stress, protect the integrity of your home, and keep you healthy! Roof repairs are well worth the time and investment, so don’t put them off any longer. Call Blue Angels Roofing today!