It is not uncommon for many homeowners to put off roof replacement until it is absolutely necessary. It is a sizable investment, after all, which means you need time, effort and budget to pull it off. Delaying roof replacement, however, can put your home, family and belongings at risk. Every roofing company advises against it because it can lead to the following consequences:
1. Extensive Water Damage
Delaying a roof replacement could expose your home to water intrusion and the damage it causes. What began as a minor drip from the ceiling can quickly increase, affecting many sections of your home. Apart from causing property damage, this also promotes mold growth and rot, compromising the structural integrity of your home and exposing you to a variety of mold-related health hazards.
2. Potential Fire Hazard
Water can get into your attic more easily through an old and failing roof filled with holes, cracks and gaps. The attic, unfortunately, is where many of your home’s electrical connections are located, and there’s a likelihood that water will come into contact with them. One errant spark is all it takes, and you probably already know what follows next.
3. Structural Issues
A well-built and regularly maintained roofing system remains intact for the entirety of its lifespan. However, constant exposure to the weather can slowly diminish its structural integrity. By the time it needs replacement, its stability may have already been compromised. If you delay the need to have it replaced, you increase its risk of sagging or, in extreme cases, collapsing.
4. Increased Bills
The total cost of replacing a roof causes many homeowners to delay doing the project. A delayed roof replacement, however, can lead to higher long-term costs. The cost of your energy usage may also increase dramatically. This means that your HVAC system will have to work harder to keep you comfortable, resulting in higher expenditures. Monitoring your monthly energy usage can help you spot roof problems. Then it’s time to analyze whether your roof is contributing to your increasing energy expenses.
5. Decreased Property Value
Remember that an old and worn-out roof will reduce the value of your home. Have your roof inspected by a professional if you’ve had your house on the market for a few months or years to determine whether it’s keeping you from getting a good offer. However, a house in need of a roof replacement may not sell for the right price. Most of the time, it’s advisable to replace your roof before selling to give purchasers confidence.
Experiencing roofing problems lately? Pritchett Bros is ready to help! We are a certified GAF roofing contractor that is known for setting the bar when it comes to roofing certification standards. Call us now at (812) 275-3185, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment for your roofing inspection and repair. Our Indiana service areas include Bedford and Bloomington.