Your roofing system sustains wear and tear because of its constant exposure to the elements. When the damage is extensive enough, it can lead to water infiltration. You’ll want to have these leaks dealt with promptly before they worsen. Here’s why.
- Attic and ceiling damage: Given their location, the attic and ceiling will be the first areas affected by a roof leak. It can damage any items stored inside the space and, if the leak is big enough, the damage may even reach your home interior’s ceiling. You’ll know this because the area will darken with water stains, and the paint will bubble and expand.
- Weakened roof structure: Where there’s moisture, mold and rot will surely follow. This is especially true when you have a roof leak. The resulting moisture buildup inside the attic encourages fungal growth, which slowly eats away at the rafters, decking and other wood elements of the roof structure. When overlooked, this can lead to premature failure – and you’ll need a complete roof replacement to ensure your home remains safe and intact.
- Significant energy loss: Roof leaks leave your attic insulation constantly exposed to water, making it lose its effectiveness. The existing insulation continues to diminish the longer you put off that roof leak repair. This allows gaps and openings to form, which in turn, allows the heating and cooling energy from your home to escape into the attic.
- Health risks: We’ve mentioned how mold can be damaging to your roof, but this is not the only problem. Mold spores can negatively affect indoor air quality, leading to allergic reactions, nasal congestion and even inflammation to those sensitive to them.
When in need of expert residential and commercial roofing services, look no further than Perkins All-Star Exteriors and Construction. With our high-quality repair work, we’ll help you get the most out of your roof’s service life and performance. We proudly serve the areas in and around Antioch, IL, and Bristol, WI. Call us today at (847) 261-8892 (Antioch) or (262) 228-6822 (Bristol). You can also fill out this contact form to schedule your roof evaluation.