DateMon Jan 8
Author: Rener Vieira
No one wants to replace their roof. Buying a car or going on vacation is way more fun than buying a roof. However, delaying replacing a roof can lead to some negative impacts that can not only increase the cost of replacing a roof in the future, but can impact your families health & safety. Keep reading to learn 7 negative impacts of delaying a necessary roof replacement from the professionals at Landmark Roofing and Siding.
Water leaking from roof leaks can damage walls, floors and personal belongings. And since insurance doesn’t always cover the full cost to repair/replace these items, you are left paying potentially hundreds to thousands of dollars to repair the damage. And while one can continually pay for roof repairs, eventually the cost of the roof repairs is going to outweigh the cost of a new roof. With a new roof, you won’t be throwing money away on roof repairs or having to fix water damaged walls.
Mold and Mildew (Organic Material)
The Pacific Northwest, with our often cool and damp weather conditions, is a prime breeding ground for “organic material” to grow. Once water has leaked into your attic, a dark and damp environment, “organic material” can start to grow, posing a health risk to you and your family. A new roof will keep your attic dry preventing “organic material” from growing.
Rodents and Birds
Wild animals are always looking for dry places to build nests. Your attic, with its insulation, is a perfect place to build a home and a mouse can fit in a roof gap the size of a dime. Keep these unwanted critters out of your attic, with a new, solid roof.
Age and older technology makes your home more susceptible to wind damage. The new Technology in shingle production is creating shingles that can withstand high winds. Depending on the type of shingle, your roof will be able to withstand 110 mph winds. Far exceeding the usual high winds of the Pacific Northwest.
Issues with Roof Insurance Claims
Many home insurance companies won’t accept roof damage claims if the roof is above a certain age or maintained to a specific standard. By replacing your roof, when necessary, you avoid hassles with your insurance company, should a claim be needed.
Decreased Property Value
When you go to sell your home, most likely the new buyer will retain a home inspector to check
for damage. If your roof needs to be replaced, you may be asked to either replace the roof prior
to the sale going through, or may be asked to lower the price to allow the new homeowner to
replace the roof. Replacing your roof when needed avoids all the hassle that comes with last
Poor Curb Appeal
An old roof with moss and algae growing on it is an eye sore in the neighborhood. It’s unkempt look detracts from the rest of the home and yard. With a new roof, you can ensure your home makes a great first impression and creates an inviting, well-maintained look that your family, neighbors and guests and future potential buyers are sure to appreciate it.
Signs Your Roof Needs to be Replaced
So, how do you know that your roof requires a replacement? Here are several telltale signs to look for:Your roof is at least 20 years old
– Your roof has an old, worn appearance
– You notice excessive algae and moss
– Your roof contains many damaged shingles
– Your energy bills are high and you’re unsure why
– You need continuous repairs
– You have water damage
Landmark Roofing and Siding’s roofing consultant can come to your home and assess the condition of your roof and give you a free, no-obligation quote if it’s time to replace your roof.