Common sense and basic instinct will tell you that a roof is an essential part of your home’s structure. When you understand the consequences of a badly maintained roof, then you will better understand why you should invest in roof maintenance.
The Importance Of A Roof
A roof provides multiple functions, all of which are centered around protection. Each element and part of the roofing structure plays a vital role in fulfilling this purpose. A roof provides protection from exposure to various weather changes like the hurricane winds and suffocating heat that we so often experience in South Florida
The roof also protects all of the possessions that are housed inside. Imagine how appliances, carpets, artwork, and clothing would be destroyed if left out in the open.
The third most obvious function of a roof is to protect the home structure itself. The roof acts as the first line of defence, like a huge umbrella, and protects the rest of the home structure from damage at the hands of extreme weather conditions.
Dangers of Neglecting Your Roof
At ABC Roofing, we are experts in both residential roofing replacements, repair, and maintenance, as well as commercial roofing. Over the years, we have seen countless people neglect their roof maintenance in South Florida and bear the brunt of those consequences.
When your roof first becomes damaged, whether it was caused by a mighty gust of wind or the initial wear and tear from the sun, the effects are more of an annoyance than a major problem.
The most common short-term effect of roof neglect is small leaks, higher energy bills, the build-up of mold and a higher risk of a pest infestation.
Small undetected leaks can wreak havoc on a roof. Without being repaired, these leaks will continue to expand, letting an increasing amount of water into the home. A thorough inspection by a roofing professional will highlight these problem areas and mend them efficiently.
In the same instance, holes that let water into the home will also let outside air into the home. To combat this change of temperature, many people will work their air conditioning units hard, increasing their energy bills. The holes that cause leaking water also cause other problems – the build-up of mold and a higher chance of pests that access the home through growing holes.
Most short-term effects of neglecting your roof will intensify over time and become bigger problems down the line.
The previously smaller leaks can develop into severe water damage. This compromises the entire roofing structure by causing the ceiling to sag from the additional weight and introduces a higher chance of a health hazard due to mold and pests.
Delaying your roof maintenance can also cost you a significant amount of money down the road. While repair costs will be astronomical due to the gravity of the mend, you will also decrease your property value. This can affect you financially if you are wanting to sell your home.
Roof Maintenance Tips
The lifespan of your roof will depend largely on the type of roof and roofing materials you have in your home. However, there are several factors that cause roof leaks, and so it is best to have an inspection at least once a year.
There are a few things that you can do within your personal capacity that will help decrease the chance of damage:
- Keep trees and branches close to your roof neatly trimmed.
- Get a professional roof inspection before committing to buying a house.
- Regularly clean out leaves and debris, especially after a storm, as these clog the gutter and drainage system.
- Keep an eye out for any missing tiles, shingles, or basic roofing damage.
- Remain vigilant for any leaks or the appearance of mold.
- Ensure that your attic is appropriately insulated.
- Make sure that you contact a trusted and reliable professional roofing company for your repairs and inspections.
Simple and annual roof inspects and the commitment to roofing maintenance can save you a lot of money, time, and energy in the the future. Long-term effects of roof neglect can even put you and your loved ones in danger.
For expert and reliable roofing inspections, maintenance and repairs, call ABC Roofing today at (954) 344-4622.