A leaking roof is a major concern and can lead to additional issues that, if ignored, can result in costly and inconvenient repair work. New construction and roofing expert Thompson Roofing and Construction shares some of the problems caused by roof leaks.
Damage to the Roofing Structure – The roofing structure, which includes the trusses, rafters and roof deck, is made up of several types of wood, which readily absorb moisture. Roofing leaks introduce unwanted moisture into these areas, which can turn the wood soft. This leads to a sagging roofline and, if left unaddressed, can rot the same components. This deterioration can spread to other roofing parts made of wood.
Damage to the Attic Insulation – Most of the materials used for attic insulation turns into clumps when it makes contact with water. If this happens to a significant portion of your attic insulation, it will allow heat to easily pass through the roof. This leads to significant heat transfer, which increases your utility bills. Having the leak addressed as soon as you discover it can help minimize the costs of repair and insulation reinstallation.
Mold and Mildew Growth – Mold and mildew thrive in warm and moist environments, such as attics with increased humidity caused by roofing leaks. Mold and mildew are easy to find and get rid of on surfaces like vinyl siding, but they’re not as easy to remove when growing in the attic. In addition to the unpleasant smell, mold or mildew could spread into your living area and trigger allergies.
Risks of Injury – If the leaking rainwater reaches your living areas, it can cause damage to the walls and roofing. But more importantly, it can pose serious risks, such as slipping or electrical shock if the rainwater gets in contact with an open electrical outlet. These problems and more can be addressed with regular maintenance and timely repairs.
To learn more about what we can do for your roofing, siding and gutters, call Thompson Roofing and Construction today at (256) 251-5566. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation quote. We serve Huntsville, AL, and the surrounding areas.