It's easy to forget about the roof when it comes to basic home maintenance, because it isn't something you see close up on a regular basis. In fact if you're like most homeowners, you probably don't see more than the roof's surface when you head up to clear the leaves from your gutters.
But a leaky or damaged roof can cause lots of havoc in your home. Here are six problems you can avoid by simply having your roof inspected once a year so it can be maintained and repaired as necessary.
Mold and Mildew
Even tiny cracks and leaks in your roof can result in extra moisture build-up, especially in the attic if you have one. All that extra moisture can create mold and mildew on and within the walls of your home that may cause some problems for you such as:
- Eye irritation
- Nasal congestion
- Throat soreness
Those who are especially sensitive to mold may also develop a consistent cough or even irritated skin.
Just because there isn't water leaking through your roof doesn't mean that your roof is completely protecting your home from strange noises. You might be surprised at how much noise your roof can make when a panel is loose or there is a crack in it somewhere where wind can get through. A damaged roof might result in the presence of swooshing sounds on a stormy night, or light tapping sounds after a rainstorm.
If moisture builds up around the doors and windows it can loosen the insulation that was put in place when they were installed, and result in more wind and moisture coming into your home than you'd like. In fact, these insulation problems can cause your monthly energy bills to creep up in cost as time goes on. Attic walls can also become less protective when the roof is not properly protecting it from the outdoor elements.
Extra moisture and air puts a lot of wear and tear on your interior paint job, which in turn can cause cracking and chipping that makes your space look older than it really is. The problem is usually most notable near the edges of the walls where it meets corner crevices, doors, and windows. You might also spot a problem with your paint around the light switches as well as behind hanging artwork and pictures.
While you may not personally notice the leaks coming from your damaged roof, your carpet can give you a sign that they are there. Carpet that is affected by a leaking roof might result in unexplainable wet spots and rusty looking areas. If you clean up and dry a spot that you find and it's back the next day or after a good rain, there is a chance that you have some roof problems to take care of.
Dark Ceiling Stains
One of the most obvious signs of a roof problem is dark stains on the ceiling. If the stains remain wet, you know that you have an active problem. These stains can show up in small groups of spots that gather near the edge of the ceiling, or large spots that take up residence in the middle of the ceiling, and sometimes along the tops of the walls.
If any of these problems arise within your home, it is a good idea to have your roof inspected as soon as possible to stop further damage from happening. Taking preventative measures and go to websites online to schedule a maintenance appointment with a roofing company at least once a year, even if you don't have any of these issues, can save you lots of money on repairs later.