Roof Repair – When Your Roof Fails

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When your roof fails, the need for roof repair can become urgent!

Eventually every roof will fail and need to be replaced or repaired in some form. The roof endures all kinds of elements season after season, year after year, and the materials eventually wear down and roof repair is needed. The typical lifespan of a roof is anywhere between 12 and 50 years depending on the roofing materials used.

 

Proactive roof inspections will save you in the long run.

It is wise to get a roof inspector to check out the roof annually, especially if the roof is older or if you suspect it could have problems. If you wait for a roof to break down before you replace it, this could lead to some serious issues in your home that could cost you.
 

Leaks

The main problem that results from a damaged roof is leaking into the home. When the roofing materials erode, bubble up, crack or curl, this leaves openings for water to get into. Once water gets in, it can lead to a whole host of hazards.

This water will then seep into the attic and begin wreaking havoc in there where it will likely go undetected for a long period of time, since that room is not frequently visited in most homes. The water can also make its way down the walls in the lower levels of the home, ruining wood, drywall, and other materials in the process.
 

Water Damage

Leaks from the roof can lead to a significant amount of water damage in a short period of time. For hard surfaces, water damage is not as much of a threat, since water can simply be wiped off. However for porous materials, it could mean irreparable damage. Here are some materials that are most at risk of water damage from roof leaks:

Wood framing: The wood can start to wear away if the damage goes unnoticed for a long time.

Drywall: Throughout the home, the drywall can take on water and begin to warp or grow mold and will require replacement.

Wood flooring: Water damage can ruin wood flooring. It can cause the wood to warp and buckle.

Carpeting and furniture: Porous materials like carpeting and the fabrics and wood that make up most furniture are at a high risk for not surviving water damage.

Irreplaceable items: Things like photos and memorabilia that are often stored in attics or basements could be ruined.

If you notice any signs of bubbling or warping on ceilings, walls or flooring, this could be a sign that water is coming through somewhere where it should not be.
 

 

Mold Growth

An unfortunate side effect of the infiltration of moisture in a home is mold. Mold spores are everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, and all they need to grow and flourish is a little bit of moisture with not a lot of ventilation. This is why water leaking into a room that does not get a lot of attention like an attic can quickly turn into a full-fledged mold infestation. Other rooms that are vulnerable to rapid mold growth include bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.

When dealing with waterlogged materials, here is how to reduce the risk of or stop mold growth altogether:

1. Cut off the moisture source. If the source is leaking from the roof, then this cannot be accomplished until it is repaired and the leaks cease.

2. Dry up any water in the area.

3. Ventilate the room or bring in dehumidifiers and fans. This is often best left to a professional who will have the knowledge to get your home dry as efficiently as possible.

4. Take wet materials outside to dry more quickly.

If you see signs of mold, do what you can to isolate the area and do not hesitate to call in a professional. While it may sound scary to have mold removal done, getting it done right the first time is always best. Not only can mold damage your belongings and home’s building materials, but it can also have a negative effect on the health of those living in the home. The sooner you act, the safer your home and your family will be.
 

A failing roof can be extremely destructive to a home.

By staying on top of your roof’s health through inspections and regularly checking for signs of water infiltration around the home, you can avoid a lot of unnecessary home damage, roof repair and replacement costs.

Here are a few things that may indicate it is time to start having your roof inspected by a professional.

•You notice lifted or missing shingles on the roof
•You notice a large amount of rocks or granules in your gutters when cleaning
•Look for signs of yellowing or bubbling on your ceiling
•Check the attic for signs of water spots and try to notice if they are growing or changing.
•Sometimes a damaged roof will look shiny from the fiberglass in the sunlight. This can mean that the material is severely deteriorated.

Remember that a damaged or aging roof doesn’t always need to be replaced. A good roofing contractor will be able to make roof repairs to extend the life of your roof, if issues are addressed early on.

 

For expert residential roof repair in the Treasure Valley area, contact us today. Point Roofing and Restoration is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, and serve Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Garden City, Star, Middleton, Homedale, Marsing, Greenleaf, and the surrounding areas.

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