When thinking about our homes, people often base the longevity of the roof on the materials. If the roofing system is designed to last 15 years or more, then it doesn’t get as much attention as other short-term aspects of the house. Also, people often forget that the roof needs periodic maintenance. It’s not something they interact with every day, and it is often not easy to inspect it based on the height of the home and the complexity of the roofing system. However, neglecting the roof could lead to serious problems and higher roof repair service costs.
Here are a few things that may happen if you neglect the standard inspection and maintenance work on your roof.
Higher Energy Costs
Neglecting the roof system may lead to holes caused by hail, storms, fallen branches, pests, and age. This problem allows the indoor conditioned air to leave the house while the outdoor temperatures enter. So it can become difficult to keep the house cold in the summer and warm in the winter. Instead, you use your furnace, fans, and air conditioner more often, which leads to higher energy costs.
Leaks and Mold
Once water and damage occur to the roofing system, it can begin to rot away. More water enters the house during storms and from condensation. Leaks can happen anywhere along the roofing system and can become difficult to investigate. The moisture along the roofing materials can lead to mold which could get down into the insulation and along the walls. Mold is a dangerous situation that lowers the air quality in the home and can lead to medical complications.
Decreased Property Value
While many problems can be short-term, the long-term damage that could be caused by a neglected roof could be financially devastating. Every leak, hole, missing shingle, or mold presence can potentially decrease the property value of the home. If you plan to sell the property and a potential seller sees these issues, they will place a lower bid than your quote. They will do this to compensate for the amount of roof repair service that they will have to pay to get the house in good condition.
Getting regular roof inspections and having a roof repair contractor perform immediate repairs can keep your home in great shape as well as maintain or increase the property value. Here at Brandstetter’s KangaRoof, we offer roof repair, replacement, and inspections of your home. Contact us today to learn more.