The roof of your house is one of the most important features of the structure. A roof that is sound is able to protect the framing of your house and the interior space. If your roof has a leak, it can allow rainwater to seep into the roof’s sheathing, insulation, all the way down to the framing and drywall. The result is the development of mold on these surfaces. Dry rot can also start to set in, creating extensive damage to your building structure. The structural repair can be costly. This is why when you see the first sign of roof damage, you should get the damage repaired as promptly as possible.
It is good practice for a homeowner to have the roof professionally inspected every few years. If you live in a region where there are extreme weather conditions, like hurricanes, storms, etc., then it is advisable to have the roof inspected more often. Just a visual inspection by the homeowner from the ground level is not sufficient. A thorough inspection requires the inspector to go up to the roof to inspect all roof surfaces and materials to make sure that nothing is damaged. He can pay special attention to the vulnerable areas where damage most often occurs. He can see if any roof tiles are coming loose or are in bad shape. After the inspection, he compiles his findings and issues a report and recommendations to the homeowner.
Some homeowners think that because their roof looks good from below, it must be in fairly good shape, and therefore an inspection is not needed. However, damage can occur on a part of the roof that is not easily seen. If water continues to seep in through the damage year after year, imagine the structural damage that can result. By the time the homeowner is aware that there are water stains visible from the interior walls, extensive damage has already occurred on the framing. Getting the structural damage repaired will be a lot more costly than having the roof routinely inspected and fixed right away.
In addition to structural damage, a roof that does not get repaired promptly will no longer be able to protect the property and people inside the house. A strong gust of wind or a rain storm can overcome a weakened roof and cause damage to the property inside. Rain water flowing through the roof into the living space will cause damage to the floor, furniture and other belongings. The occupants will get wet and might get sick from living in a damp environment.
This justifies the importance of prompt roof repair. Taking care of roof damage when it is first detected is more cost effective than waiting for the damage to get bigger. If it is not repaired promptly, things will get worse and the cost will go up. When a roof is properly maintained on a regular basis, you can have peace of mind that it will protect your home, your family, and your belongings from the elements.