How Can a Small Leak in Your Roof Damage Your Home?

Jul 09, 2019

How Can a Small Leak in Your Roof Damage Your Home?Most roofing experts agree that the average lifespan of most roofing systems is between 20 and 30 years, depending on the manufacturer and specific product. Unfortunately, no roof is going to last forever. When your roofing system becomes compromised by a leak, you have one of two options: you can ignore it or you can have it fixed. While it may be tempting to ignore a roof leak and brush it off as “not that bad,” having it repaired should really take the highest priority on your list of home maintenance projects. Even a small leak can cause significant damage to your home and turn into an even bigger problem that will need to be addressed. When you choose to ignore a leak in your roof:

  • Repairs become more expensive — A roof leak isn’t just going to go away. Water can cause an enormous amount of damage and leak into your home’s insulation, ceiling, roof deck, and other areas. The longer that water sits, the more damage it will do and the more significant (and expensive) the repairs will become. Eventually, it will cause interior damage that is even more costly to fix.
  • Mold and mildew can develop — A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but water can increase the chances of mold and mildew growth. Mold in your home can make you sick, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma. It can also lead to a number of other health problems for you, your family, and even your pets.
  • Your roof’s lifespan decreases — Leaks that get ignored can weaken your roofing system, which means you’ll likely have to replace it sooner rather than later. By fixing small leaks as soon as they show up, you can make your roof last longer.

At Byers, we have years of experience in the roofing industry and have been proudly serving the needs of our clients since 1987. We are proud to be a Platinum Preferred Contractor for Owens Corning, a distinction earned only by the most reputable companies. Whether it’s time for a roof replacement or you need to repair a small leak, contact Byers. When you do, one of our roofing specialists will be happy to visit your home, inspect your roof and its components, and provide you with an honest evaluation of its condition.