Leaks and water damage are arguably the most common roofing problem you will experience, and it’s easy to just ignore them. But while they’re the most common, they’re also the most dangerous. Read on as Tedrick’s Roofing, Inc. discusses four reasons you shouldn’t ignore a leaky roof.
1. Leaks Affect More than Just the Roof
A leaking roof is a problem that goes beyond the actual roofing itself. While leaks and water damage can negatively affect the structure of the roof, the rest of your house can suffer, too. Leaks forming on the roof can cause permanent damage to your house’s attic and ceiling. Eventually, the leak itself will travel to the walls of your home, causing unsightly dark stains and watermarks.
2. Risk of Foundation Damage
Arguably the most dangerous risk of leaving a leak unchecked is the potential damage it can cause to your home’s foundations. The water leak doesn’t just travel inside your home after all; a big enough leak will allow the water to travel through your house’s exterior walls and cause damage to your home’s foundation.
This big risk to your house’s foundation due to leaks is the reason why we regularly offer gutter installation to homes that have old or lack gutters. A properly installed seamless gutter virtually eliminates the risk of leaks negatively affecting your home’s foundation.
3. Slipping Hazard
A big enough leak can cause pools of water to form when it rains or when it’s very humid, creating a slipping hazard in your home. These puddles can also negatively affect both the appearance and structure of your floors if you leave them as is.
4. Leaks Affect Your Attic Insulation
Finally, water dripping from a leak in your roof or skylight impedes how effective your attic’s insulation is. Warm air will escape through even the tiniest leaks in your roof and when this happens, you’re looking at higher electric bills since you’re forced to use your heater more. Additionally, clumped insulation due to leaks makes the attic space a favorable area for mold to proliferate, and that’s never a good thing.
These are just four out of the many dangers that leaks can have to your home. Give us a call at (206) 824-3440 for more information on our roofing services. We offer roof repair and gutter installation to homeowners all throughout Seattle, WA.