What Happens If You Ignore Your Leaky Roof?

We all know what happens when you ignore a small problem. It becomes a big problem. When you ignore a big problem, it can become a disaster. 

This tends to be the way it works for leaky roofs. When left unchecked, a leak can lead to all kinds of additional issues, and may even contribute to needing a full roof replacement

More Water, More Damage

When a leak is left alone, it has the potential to go on causing more and more damage. Every time it rains, more water can make its way into your home, and it’s not always easy to recognize the extent of the damage on the surface. Oftentimes, it’s happening out of sight inside your roof and walls.

If you have water coming in through a leak in your roof, it can eventually damage your roof’s decking, the insulation below, and the interior ceilings of your home. Simply put, the longer you wait, the more you will have to repair, and the more it’s likely going to cost. 

Waiting Can Lead to Mold

Mold is often one of the great unseen threats which can come from a roof leak. When water leaks into your home, it typically has nowhere to go. So it stays within the drywall and the insulation, creating a moist environment which is the perfect breeding ground for mold. 

Mold isn’t just a nuisance; it’s a potential health hazard. Even if your leaky roof causes no other significant damage, the cost of mold removal can be a significant one. Fixing leaks quickly, and developing a preventative roof maintenance plan to find and catch leaks early, is essential to avoiding mold issues. 

The Lifespan of Your Roof

Your roof should be sound for decades. But when left unchecked, the damage caused by leaks can significantly shorten the lifespan of your roof. This can lead to a roof replacement being necessary sooner than it would ordinarily be. To learn more about fixing your leaky roof, contact us today. At Pinnacle Roofing, we’ve been serving Southern Vermont and the Capital Region of New York for more than 15 years.