Frugality is an admirable trait in most aspects of life. It truly is, especially in these uncertain times. However, there are certain situations where putting things off to save a few bucks, is just a foolhardy idea, to put it lightly.
When it comes to your home, this is absolutely the case. Especially when it comes to your roof. People are always concerned with their roofs, largely because habitually, they’ve learned to be aware of them. This is a good habit to instill in people yes, but people should truly understand exactly why their roof is such a critical component of a house.
Your roof is the first and last line of defense for your home, against a great many things. This is a lovely planet we live on, but it’s constantly at war with manmade structures. The life-giving sun we all take for granted is also bombarding us with UV radiation, intense heat, and much more.
UV can deteriorate your roofing material (especially shingles), and it can combat your air conditioning. Harsh winter weather can build snow and ice, and make your heating system struggle to maintain comfort.
Water damage can be one of the more insidious things, causing rot and ruin, and cultivating various foul molds. Black mold is especially unpleasant, being outright toxic or even potentially lethal.
Pests are pretty self-explanatory.
These all come together with some aesthetic concerns, to result in your roof having some legitimate financial impact on you, directly impacting your resale value, your curb appeal, and the habitability rating of your home. If your roof is in bad enough shape, it can even get your home condemned by code enforcement, and you quite simply don’t want that.
Nothing Lasts Forever
It’s easy to assume that surely a well-designed and properly-maintained roof must endure the tests of time. After all, aren’t a lot of roofing materials these days rated for upwards of a century? This is the 21st century, isn’t it?
Well, that’s a thing. In lab conditions, yes, roofing materials are sometimes rated for very long, even shingles. But, lab conditions are not nature, as any scientist will be quick to point out with great fervor.
Rather, the ravages of nature will often far shorten the lifespan of these materials, because of unpredictability and so on. This is in fact why most roofing services point out, quite staunchly, that roof inspections should be done annually (and it’s frankly shocking that this isn’t mandated by local and federal ordinances at this point).
When any signs of degradation rear their ugly head, you should respond to this immediately. Even if it looks trivial and inconsequential, you could be in store for a very harsh lesson when problems arise.
Fortunately, most roofing materials are designed to be easily replaced due to their modular nature. Shingles exemplify this, but other materials are also often similarly conducive to spot-repairs.
Signs of Damage
Before we go into the perils of not responding to roof damage, let’s talk briefly about the signs of damage, so you know when you need to address something. Please note that this knowledge is no substitute for a licensed person inspecting your roof annually, and it’s also something you should only do if you’re sure of yourself on a roof, and sure of the roof’s base integrity to support human weight of your scale.
- Shingles – Your shingles themselves will show signs of damage pretty visibly. These can be cracks, a worn appearance, a faded look, “bruised” appearance from hale or debris. Buckles, peels and so on can also be pretty blatant. Water damage getting under them will produce a strong discoloration that’s pretty strikingly apparent as well.
- Seals and Seams – Seals and seams along your roof will also break down over time, with trim coming loose, or the seals crumbling. These compromise the hermetic seal of the attic space, and let water in, air exchange to happen, and invite smaller pests in as well.
Rust – Rust or soot stains are signs of skylights or vent pipes rusting away, or chimneys having issues. The rust itself is bad for your shingles, and soot is very acidic and will eat away at it as well.
Leaks are one of the things that people often think of when it comes to damaged roofs. This is because they are one of the more instant and obvious. Moisture and leaks can happen, and as we said, this brings with it a host of problems.
Carpets and interiors can be ruined. Molds can grow, some of which are toxic but all of which are foul. Plaster and drywall will rot, wood will warp, and eventually, a house will be condemned over this. You just don’t want any part of the can of worms that is leakage like this.
We didn’t point this out in signs of damage, because this shouldn’t be happening if you inspect your roof often enough to catch problems. Shrinkage is the next stage of crumbling, warping or buckling shingles, as thermal expansion and the weather wreak havoc on them.
Shrinkage will not only make your roof look terrible, but it’ll also exacerbate leaks and loss of climate control.
When you think of pests, you imagine insects such as ants, roaches, flies, and termites. These are indeed pests that will get into your home through these apertures, but if there’s enough damage, they’re the least of your worries.
Larger, far more dangerous animals will make your attic their home, such as raccoons, squirrels, bats, possums, rats, mice and much more. Insects are gross but seldom overtly dangerous. Raccoons are fierce monsters, ask any animal control or pest control person.
Ultimately, these above problems, the added repair costs, and the drop in energy efficiency all culminate in vastly-increased expenses that will hit your wallet hard. It will also ruin your resale value, your curb appeal, and your insurance company will be none too thrilled, your premiums skyrocketing logarithmically.
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