Reasons Not to Delay Home Roof Repairs

Posted on: 30 April 2021


While it may be tempting to largely ignore your home's roof and let it look after itself, such a strategy won't pay off in the long run, especially if the cladding develops a hole. If that happens, consider the following reasons not to delay roof repairs.

Stop Leaks From Growing

A minor roof repair may be relatively easy to fix. It may need just a replacement tile or a small rust hole repaired. However, a gap left to itself can grow. For example, the tile could dislodge or the rust spread. Over time, a few drips can transform into a steady stream during a storm. What was minor roof repair has quickly become more extensive.

Prevent Collateral Damage

Not only will a roof leak not go away on its own, but once it worsens, rain pouring into the roof cavity can damage other components. For example, moisture can rot the timber beams that carry the roof cladding. Rain can soak insulation and eventually infiltrate the ceiling plaster. You'll notice dark or damp patches on the ceiling once it reaches this point.

To fix this collateral damage, contractors may have to pull up the cladding and replace sections of the supporting framework. You may need to replace the insulation and deal with drooping ceiling plaster. You can avoid all these expenses, though, if you fix the original roof hole promptly.

Hinder Mould Infestation

A dark roof cavity provides the ideal environment for mould to thrive and fester once water gets inside. The mould can then migrate to other parts of the building. For example, you might see it growing on the walls, which will release spores into the atmosphere, creating an unhealthy environment. You can keep your home healthier by stopping the problem before it reaches that stage.

Maintain Your Home's Energy Efficiency

An energy-efficient home will help flatten heating and cooling costs as a secure roof and walls buffer the indoors from outside weather extremes. If your roof cladding has a hole, however, the outdoor air circulates in the crawl space. In summer, the roof cavity area will bake, and the hot air pocket will warm your home. In winter, the crawl space will fill with chilly air, and the cold will more easily transfer through the thin layer of ceiling plaster. To create a comfortable home environment, you'll end up paying more for air conditioning and heating. However, with a sealed roof, you'll consume less energy, which helps the environment by releasing fewer harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Contact a roof repair company for more information.