Roof leaks can cost you a lot of money. According to This Old House, the average cost of a roof repair is $1,000. If you’ve got a leak, here is some of the potential damage that leak can cause.
1. Ceiling Damage
When water first begins leaking through your roof, the ceiling is the first thing that’s damaged. Drywall absorbs a lot of water, so you may notice a wet spot and discoloration on your ceiling. Over time, you may notice this spot begin to swell as water builds up in the drywall, and it will eventually burst.
2. Insulation Damage
There’s insulation all throughout your home, so insulation damage is one of the most common consequences of leaks. Reinsulating your house costs a lot of money, so it’s best to hire a roofing company before you let leaks damage your insulation and ceiling.
3. Stained Walls
As water from the leak works its way further into your home, it will eventually start to drip down the walls and cause staining. These stains typically appear in a dripping pattern, which gives you an idea of where the water is coming from. If you have stains on your walls as a result of a leak, there may be substantial water damage overhead.
4. Structural Damage
As wood beams and other building materials are constantly soaked with water, they start to lose some of their structural integrity. Eventually, wood can rot and fail altogether, which can cause parts of your roof to cave in. This isn’t the most common problem, but it’s something roofing companies see from time to time.
5. Flooring Damage
If you’re letting water from a roof leak drip onto your floor, you’re risking serious flooring damage. Water isn’t good for building materials, and the water that drips on your floor isn’t going to dry out on its own. Fixing leaks as soon as possible is a great way to protect your flooring from water damage.
Roofing problems are a major concern for homeowners, and there’s nothing worse than having a bad leak that’s causing serious damage. If your roof is leaking and you want to avoid expensive repair bills, give G. Fedale a call and we’ll take care of it!