Roof Leaks: More Serious Than You Think

roof leak damage to wood

A leaking roof is not only a nuisance, but will wreak havoc your home or business in Lubbock. If you have no idea how old your roof is, then it may be a good idea to call a professional to inspect it for you. Roof leaks that you are not even aware of cause damage to your home. Here are some compelling reasons to ensure your roof is up to task.

Roof Leaks Damage the Support Structure

A small roof leak that doesn’t make itself know to the homeowner, but consistently leaks into the supporting structure of the roof will cause damage, and absolutely reduces the structure’s integrity. Water that intrudes through the roof causes moisture in the rafters, framing and other wood supports. Repeated wetting and drying of the wood components of your roof present serious problems for your entire home. Besides the obvious damage of rotting wood and its reduced strength, mold and termites love moist wood.

So before you even notice moisture dripping down into the habitable space in your home, your roof and attic areas may have been suffering. Unbeknownst to you, water intrusion is causing untold damage to your investment.

Mold and Mildew

We touched on the problem with mold above, but mold deserves a more detailed analysis. Mold and mildew grow in materials or areas that are consistently or repeatedly moist. As a leak in your roof becomes progressively more serious, the area of your home that is exposed to moisture grows larger. Large portions of the roof, the attic, and ceiling get wet and stay moist for an extended period of time. Then as the leak becomes worse, or the weather more rainy and humid, you may notice water dripping down into the walls of you house. By then, extensive damage may have already been done.

When you finally see moisture spreading on the sheetrock of your walls, a large portion of your home could already be wet and damaged. These wet areas are breeding grounds for mold, mildew, and termites. Although most mold is not lethally dangerous like toxic black mold, it does pose health risks to your family, according to the EPA. Beware if you have family members at risk of respiratory problems. Mold spores can contribute to asthma, allergies, nasal congestion, rhinitis or more serious sinus and breathing problems.

A quick inspection can alleviate any concerns that you might have about your roof.

Caution: rummaging around your attic looking for damage can be dangerous, especially if water damage is already present, so take every precaution, or better yet, contact us.

A Leaky Roof Is a Fire Hazard? You Bet!

How can water be a fire hazard? The water itself isn’t so much a fire hazard, but there are electric components in your attic that could be exposed to water. Builders don’t put so much effort into securing and protecting electrical wiring in the attic, simply because no one really goes to see it. So electrical boxes are often nailed bare onto studs. Look around your attic. You likely will see exposed wires around your attic.

In addition to electrical boxes, there are light switches, light fixtures, heating and a/c components, water heaters, phone/alarm/cable wiring. All carry electric charges, and exposure to enough water can cause blown breakers, sparking, and fire.

Higher Utility Bills

Homeowners do not often think about their insulation, as it typically is an ‘install-it-and-forget-it’ item. However, roof leaks can and will adversely affect insulation. Some insulation will absorb the water that has leaked into it. If sufficient water has leaked into the insulation, the insulation will become heavy enough to sag, shrink and droop. The resulting gaps exposing your attic and walls to winter’s cold and summer’s heat, leading to higher heating and cooling bills.

Prevent Damage Before It Occurs

Repairing or replacing your aging roof is the best protection for the inside of your house and home. Contact our experienced roofers today to schedule a free estimate. Your home will thank you for it!