Roofs, like the rest of your home, require regular maintenance and/or replacement to ensure they are providing the comfort and function your home requires.
Delaying repair on your roofing system can have both short and long-term effects that many building owners often don’t consider or don’t think are serious. The short-term effects of not maintaining a roof include:
Once a leak starts, it can only get worse, and bigger. Deal with leaks as soon as you notice them.
Increased energy bills
A leak is essentially a hole in your roof. Holes will also let hot and cool air out of your home, decreasing energy efficiency. Regularly checking your roof for leaks will save you time and money.
Clogged gutters, wet insulation, and a wet roof layer can cause told. Once it sets in, mold is a problem that is expensive to take care of, so don’t let it set it. Clean your gutter systems in Spring and Fall, and regularly check that no insulation is exposed to the elements.
Animals and Pests
If animals can find a way to get in, they will. Spending a bit of time and money up front will ensure you don’t find yourself living with squirrels, mice, raccoons or other undesirable pests.
Of course, short-term issues such as leaks can become very big problems if not addressed, so don’t delay. Many homeowners think the Fall is the best time to replace a roof, and as a result, the Fall is often the busiest time for roofers. Consider acting now to find a greater selection of available roofers from whom to get quotes, and get your job done sooner.
The roofing industry is largely unregulated so homeowners must be vigilant when choosing a company. A great place to start your search for a reputable roofer in your area is with our list of 2016 Best Of Award Winners in the roofing category.
Roofing is dangerous work, so safety on the job site is absolutely critical – particularly with roofers working at heights. Your roofer must be compliant with all safety standards proscribed by the Occupational Health & Safety Act – beware the roofer who does not comply. To know more, see here.
Good luck with your project and don’t forget to leave a review when your job is done, it will benefit the whole community!