Roof repair is a type of home maintenance that is often neglected for the age old reasons that when it’s raining, you can’t fix the roof and when it’s not raining, you don’t need to. Be that as it may, keeping your roof in good condition is really just about the most important thing you can do for the structural integrity, value and livability of your home. There are lots of obvious benefits to keeping your roof in good shape, and there are also some rather hidden reasons. In this article we will discuss the obvious and the not-so-obvious benefits of timely roof repairs. Read on to learn more.
Safety & Sanitation
Obviously, if your roof is in poor shape the condition of the rest of your home is compromised. Roofs that are in a bad state of repair allow rain, wind and vermin to get in. If you have gaps under your shingles, swallows will build nests in your attic. Lifted shingles will be more likely to blow away in high winds.
Holes in a compromised roof will allow rain to leak through and damage your ceiling plaster and cause you great inconvenience. This sad state of affairs may result in problems with mold and mildew, which can cause a great deal of illness and cost quite a bit to eradicate.
A roof that is in poor condition but has not leaked before may begin to leak during the spring snow melt off in areas where snow is heavy and accumulates thickly on rooftops. The constant moisture of the melting snow will compromise the integrity of your roof and may cause it to collapse.
Energy & Efficiency
A poorly maintained roof lets excessive heat and cold in. It also lets your expensive treated air out. This can cost you quite a bit of money as time passes.
Additionally, small leaks in your roof may not be noticeable to you and may not cause problems inside your house; however, moisture may damage or ruin your attic insulation and cause a hidden mold problem in your attic.
The benefits of timely roof repairs are not limited to roofs that are in a sorry state of disrepair. If you have a dark colored roof that is still in fairly good repair, one example of standard maintenance and upgrade is resurfacing. If you have your dark roof resurfaced in a light color, you will add years to its life and save a fortune on cooling bills in the summer.
Image & Value
Naturally, if your roof is peppered with lifted roof shingles and birds, bats and bees are flying in and out of it, your neighbors will be less than happy with you. A home that has an obviously neglected roof is worth less money on the market and it brings down property values all around it. When you take care to be proactive in the maintenance of your home and your roof, your home will have more curb appeal and you will be more popular. Home value and good neighborhood relationships are important examples of the benefits of timely roof repairs.