When you notice that your roof is leaking, missing shingles, has peeling flashing, or is otherwise in need of repairs, what should you do? You should call for repairs immediately. Don't put it off until you have more time. Don't wait to see if the problem gets worse. Why is urgency so important here? Well, there are a few reasons.
Roof Damage Tends to Get Worse
Roof damage usually starts off as a minor problem. A piece of flashing might lift off the roof, a couple of shingles may go missing, or a few nails pop up. All it takes is a high wind to rip the flashing off further. Some snow or rain may work their way under the shingles that are exposed due to the missing ones, causing more shingles to go missing. And a popped nail can eventually lead to missing shingles. It's a lot easier and less expensive for your roofing contractor to fix the roof problem early on when the issues are smaller and less serious.
Water Damage Will Lead to Mold
Most roofing problems allow moisture to get into your home. You may not think a few drops of water are a big deal, but if you continue to let water leak in for a few more days, you'll end up with mold growth. Mold can cause allergic reactions and nausea, and it's really expensive to get rid of. If you call the roofing company ASAP, they'll take care of the roof problem before any more water works its way in. This will reduce your risk of having to deal with a mold problem, saving you money and preventing a lot of health issues.
Your Homeowners Insurance May Not Cover Damage if You Wait
Most roofing repairs are either covered by homeowners insurance. However, if your homeowners insurance company finds out the roof problem has been going on for weeks and months and you did not deal with it properly, they may not agree to pay the bill. This makes sense; the bill would have been a lot smaller if you were to have called the roof company as soon as you noticed an issue.
Putting off roof repairs is never a good idea. Even if you think a problem is small, you should call your roofing company and have them come assess the issue. If you wait even a few days, you may end up with bigger problems, mold, and a lack of insurance coverage. Contact a roofing repair service for more information.