June 24, 2022

What Happens If You Don’t Replace Your Roof?

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Quick question – when did you last replace your roof? Can’t remember? Well, many homeowners put off their roof projects, to attend to other ‘more pressing issues,’ or when it’s necessary to carry out repairs. The truth is – your roof doesn’t need regular replacement. However, routine inspection, repairs, and maintenance are critical. Failure to do so leads to more severe damages which are costly and can completely ruin your property.

 

4 Things That Will Happen If You Don’t Replace Your Roof

 

Curious already? Let’s dive in.

 

1. Water Damage

 

Water leaks often occur when materials on the roof lose protective barriers. For instance, when tiles crack, or iron sheets wear off.

Roof leaks need immediate repair, failure to which, the problem might escalate and cause further damage. You’ll have noticed that water could have already reached the electricity line, and damaged the ceiling, or the wood.

The problem with leaks is they tend to escalate into more significant issues, further affecting the structure’s stability. As the roof ages, it tends to lose strength and durability, making it deteriorate. Hence, replacement is necessary.

 

2. Structural Damage

 

Water from a leaking roof eventually affects the walls, ultimately leading to their collapse. Further, as the roof ages, it loses its stability, making it challenging to support additional weight from water, snow, and the sagging ceiling, especially during winter.

Though not common, the additional weight on the walls could eventually lead to their collapse, ultimately damaging the structure. This is even more dangerous in one storied-buildings. While this will render you homeless, it’s also hazardous.

 

3. Health Risks

 

Old leaking roofs are more likely to cause the growth of molds and mildew. Prolonged breathing of their dangerous spores could eventually lead to your family members suffering constant headaches and breathing problems.

Damaged roofs can also let in unwanted pests and animals to your home. Frequent roof inspection and repair is, therefore, crucial. Apart from your roof leaking, you don’t want your house facing pests or rodent infestation.

 

4. Increased Utility Bills

 

The neglected roof will get you spending more on electricity bills monthly. The same holes causing leaks are the same that let out cold air during the summer heat and let in cold air during the chilling winter. You’ll, therefore, incur more costs as your AC struggles to maintain the right temperature.

Instead of spending much on electricity and your AC trying to maintain a suitable temperature, repair your roof. That way, you’ll have hit to birds with one stone – save energy and cost.

 

Final Thoughts

 

The roof is a sensitive part of the house that you can’t afford to ignore. The simple act of carelessness and you put the health of the family in jeopardy.

Further, excess damage is costly to repair – and could lead to the loss of your building. Regularly carry out inspections and repairs. When necessary, have your roof replaced by a professional.

Turn to the Pros at Shelter Construction

 

At Shelter, we perform free inspections and consultations. We will perform minor repairs during the inspection to small damage that we find. Call us at 612-284-6985 or schedule an inspection today on our website!

 

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Jack


Jack is the marketing manager at Shelter Construction. He oversees all marketing projects and customer outreach. He also is the head of content creation, managing the company Facebook page, blog, and email marketing. In his spare time, he can be found on the basketball court.  

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