Maintenance is key to ensuring your home and all its parts last as long as possible. Many of us, however, constantly ignore or put off much-needed maintenance work around the house.
This neglect may seem insignificant at first, but after a few months and some bad weather, you’ll begin to notice that the small problem you ignored has turned into huge expense for you. Here’s what happens when you neglect roofing repairs and maintenance.
Water Will Start Leaking Everywhere
Air leaks from poor sealing can be difficult to spot, but water leaks won’t be. If you keep ignoring damage on shingles and flashing, leakage will soon likely follow.
A thunderstorm can bring wind and rain that can highlight and aggravate the damage you keep on ignoring. This can lead to extensive water damage in the house, which could affect the whole roof structure, cost you a lot of money and negatively affect the property’s value.
Damage on Shingles Will Spread
One or two damaged tiles or shingles won’t be a big cause for alarm, but if the numbers keep on growing, you might need to do something about it. Cracks, warping and other physical damage on a number of shingles will put the nearby ones at risk – since the roof acts as one cohesive system, a damaged or missing shingle can put extra strain on the other parts, which speeds up deterioration. In time, a whole section of the roof may need repair and replacement when it could have been prevented easily.
Your Heating Bills Will Continue to Go Up
The roof insulates the house and plays a major role in regulating indoor temperature. Ignoring an issue with the insulation can lead to increased energy consumption by the HVAC system, which will translate into higher energy bills.
If your electricity bill is on an upward trend even if the weather changes are not that drastic, you might want to check your roofing as well as the sealing, ventilation and insulation of your property. Start with the roof and attic.
The Roof Deck Will Continue to Slope and Sag
The wooden deck under the roof may sag and warp over time due to normal wear and tear. This deterioration, however, speeds up if there are leaks and water damage that you keep on neglecting. It may just look like a few soaked wooden beams right now, but those could slowly be turning into expensive repairs in the near future.
If your roof is old or is in dire need of repair, a new roof installation may be in order.
Crown Roofing recommends having a professional check the condition of your roof and, if needed, have them handle the repair and replacement. Give us a call at (604) 210-6655, or fill out our contact form to get started. We serve homeowners in New Westminster, Surrey and nearby areas.