We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: always get your roof fixed the moment you realize there is a problem! Most homeowners only search out professional roofers when there’s a roofing emergency. However, that’s usually when your roofing issue will cost you the most money! By staying proactive and getting routine inspections or maintenance on your roof, you’ll both save a lot of money while ensuring your roof lasts for a long time. Here are a few costly examples of what can happen when you don’t repair or replace a damaged roof in a timely manner.
Water Damage and Leaks
One of the most common and urgent roofing emergencies homeowners experience with their roofs is leaks. Of course – you can’t really ignore it when water is dripping from your ceiling onto your furniture and floor! Shingles will start to loosen, crack, or even fall off over time. When this happens, water can get underneath the shingles and potentially leak into your home.
If your roof isn’t that old, the repair for damaged or missing shingles is simply replacing the areas that are affected on your roof. But if you are due for a roof replacement, waiting too long will mean a more expensive replacement later on. Roofs are made up of a lot more layers than just shingles; the wood in your roof can rot under the excessive water and moisture, meaning more than your shingles will have to be replaced.
Did you know that when you put off a roof problem, it can turn into a pest problem? Bugs or small animals can make their way through cracks and holes in your roof. As more critters find shelter in your home, the bigger these roof openings can get, allowing bigger animals in. Not only can these uninvited guests make your roof problems worse, but they can also cause electrical and plumbing issues, or other types of damage within your walls.
Repairs vs Replacements
The average roof can last about 25+ years. However, we can’t always control the weather or other external conditions our roof has to put up with. That’s why, if you think there’s a problem with your roof, get a routine inspection done right away. Most roofers offer inspections for free or for a very low cost; all you have to do is set up an appointment! Missing shingles, rusty flashings, cracked sealants, and exposed nails are all common and easy repairs. But, if you don’t fix them right away, they can turn into bigger problems. Waiting an extra week or month to get your roof fixed could be the difference between needing a repair or replacing your roof altogether.
Whether you need an inspection, roof repair, maintenance, or a full roof replacement, IBEX Roof is here for you! We make sure to deliver the best customer service and professional roof work to our customers. That’s why many of our customers continue calling us for all their roof work! Check out our reviews on Facebook or give us a call today at 360-836-0535 to talk about your next roofing project.