Dec 17,2022

While a good roof should last you for over 20 years, eventually, time catches up. Or sometimes, such as in the case of severe weather, damage can compromise the integrity of your roof early. A leaky roof can bring all sorts of unpleasant surprises, and you’ll want to have it repaired as soon as possible. Our roofing experts at Berg Home Improvements can help.

What Are the First Signs of a Damaged Roof?

Although a roof should be a long-lasting part of your home, that doesn’t mean that it won’t need maintenance. The outer layer of the roof will need to be re-shingled periodically, and there are certain signs that other damage has occurred.

The elements can be one of the biggest dangers to a roof. Strong storms can rip away some shingles or bring tree branches down. Snow and ice, freezing and refreezing, can also lead to problems. If your roof is leaking, the water getting inside may present itself as stains in your ceilings or attic. Outside, you might see missing or curled shingles, cracks in the caulk, or drooping or overflowing gutters.

If you’re seeing signs of serious damage, like sagging or water damage inside the home, don’t ignore it. Once water begins to leak into your roof, you’ll need to have it repaired to prevent further damage. Thankfully, our roofing specialists at Berg Home Improvements work quickly, so you can stay safe and dry.

What Happens When a Roof Leaks?

Once your roof has begun to leak, there are a number of hazards that could follow if it’s left unchecked.

Water in the home can, first and foremost, lead to dampness. According to the CDC, persistent dampness in a building is a health hazard because it leads to bacteria and mold growth. People who spend time in damp buildings may experience a variety of health problems, especially respiratory symptoms. However, those affected might also develop asthma, bronchitis, or eczema.

A leaky roof also invites pests. Cockroaches, rodents, and dust mites are attracted to the damp attic and will gladly make a home there. This compounds into a much larger problem, where infestations can get elsewhere in your home, and an exterminator could be needed to handle the problem.

When water gets into your ceiling and onto electrical wires, shorts can occur. A compromised electrical system can become dangerous. While some shorts are more of an inconvenience than a hazard, it isn’t impossible for the problem to lead to a fire.

Fixing a Leak

An unchecked leaky roof can cause major damage to the rest of your home, so it’s a good idea to take action quickly. Because a roof leak is not always obvious, you might want to have your roof inspected by a specialist if you have any concerns. Our roofing experts at Berg Home Improvements can address your concerns and give clear, unbiased recommendations on how to proceed with repairs. To learn more about our roofing services, contact us today!

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