Home improvement

What Damage Can a Leaking Roof Cause?

Asides from metal roofing, all other roofing materials are prone to having leaks, with the effects being financially tasking and becoming a major source of discomfort. A leaking roof restricts your options of relaxation in your home, and may even force you out until it has been repaired. However, discomfort is only the beginning when it comes to a leaky roof as the intruding water may lead to serious water damage, molds and health problems. Below are more damages that a leaky roof may cause.

  • Water damage

The major problem from a leaky roof is water damage. The insurance industry pays over $2 billion every year for water damage and molds as over 50% of homeowners file a water damage claim at least once a year. Water damage has its many discomforts, one of which includes displacement. To avoid the damaging effects of water damage, never put off any roof troubles. Invest in regular roof maintenance and execute a roof replacement when necessary. Metal roofing is the best choice for any roof replacement as it has a lifespan of over 50 years and is weather-resistant.

  • Higher energy bills

Asides from protecting your home from aliens, your roof is meant to protect you from the effects of harsh weather conditions like heavy rain, high winds, storm and snow. However, a slight roof damage can overwork your HVAC system to help regulate indoor temperature. This will result in higher energy bills. To combat such, make sure all the holes in your roof are closed or invest in energy-efficient roofs. The best energy-efficient roof is metal roofing. While first installation may be expensive, costing between $5000 to %15,000, the long term profit is worth it.

  • Molds

Water damage from a leaky roof also has health concerns, with the biggest concern being molds and mildew growth. Molds can be serious threat to people with respiration sensitivity, rhinitis, and inflammations. Once mold appears in anywhere, it begins to grow and finds its way into all the corners of your structure, destroying valuable properties like furniture, clothing and carpets. To avoid such loss, pay attention to your roof by scheduling roof maintenance.

  • Electrical damage

Water damage can cause electrical failure and worse, electrocution. It is advised that homeowners and occupants turn off all electrical appliances at the first sign of water damage to avoid any further problems.

  • Compromised structural integrity

Last but definitely not least is compromised structural integrity. Water damage can weaken your home’s structure.

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