The lifespan of a roof is measured in decades. If you purchased your home as new construction or have lived there a decade or less, you may never have had to consider replacing your roof. However, because of exposure to the elements and other factors, a roof does eventually wear out. Putting off the job can expose you to risks of structural damage to your home. Is your roof showing its age? These are a few things that can go wrong when a roofing replacement is put off:
1. Attic damage.
A worn roof can become a leaky roof. When this happens, water incursions can lead to damage in your attic. Items stored in the attic may become water damaged. You may even suffer damage to materials that are integral to your house’s structure.
2. Ceiling and wall damage.
If water collects in the attic, it can seep down into your ceilings, leading to significant damage. Water damage on the ceiling can appear as dark spots on the ceilings or walls. You may also see paint bubbling away from surfaces as water ruins your paint’s adhesion. Materials can degrade, which can mean costly repairs and replacements.
3. Mold and mildew.
Mold spores are everywhere. It does not matter how frequently you clean. These particles are airborne and invisible. All they are waiting for is enough moisture to grow. A damaged roof lets moisture inside, leading to a damper atmosphere in your home. When this happens, you may see mold develop in the attic, on your ceiling and walls and even on other surfaces inside your home. Mold can be dangerous to people with breathing problems or mold allergies. These people may experience coughing, sneezing or breathing problems if your home develops a mold infestation.
4. Fire hazards.
Many homes have wiring and circuit breakers in the attic. If these are exposed to water, short circuits can start fires. If you notice that water is getting near your wiring, this is nothing short of an emergency. Power should be cut off to the area until your roof is repaired or replaced.
5. Higher power bills.
A damaged older roof does not insulate well. As a result, your HVAC systems will have to work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This means a hotter attic in the summer and one that leaks heat during our area’s colder months. Getting your roof replaced is an investment. However, if it was not insulating well before, you’ll notice an improvement in your power bills immediately.
Most roofs are designed to last between 20 and 30 years. After that, it is time to start fresh with a new roof that can better protect your home. Is your roof nearing the end of its useful life? Get in touch today. Our roofing contractors can discuss the current state of your roof and what is needed to keep your home safe and protected.