Roof leaks can develop due to a variety of factors, from storm damage to faulty roof installation or a roof in disrepair. But whatever the cause is, the end results are never good. Fortunately, by paying close attention to your roof’s health and by working with a reliable roofing contractor, you can avoid the following hazards caused by a neglected roof leak:
Damage to the attic and ceiling. The rafters, the underside of the roof deck and the attic floor are all made of wood, which is susceptible to rot. A roof leak may cause rainwater to soak into these exposed wood parts, leading to rot. If you notice blisters or water stains on the ceiling, then moisture has already penetrated the wood layer.
Reduced energy efficiency. Another consequence of moisture in the attic is compromised attic insulation. When your attic insulation fails, your HVAC system has to pick up the slack to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, leading to a reduction in energy efficiency and higher energy bills
Mold and mildew growth. Increased indoor moisture due to leaks encourages mold and mildew to multiply rapidly. In addition to the foul odor and unsightly stains mold leaves in your home, it also poses a health hazard to you and your family. Proper ventilation helps reduce indoor moisture levels, but having a roofing company address the roofing leak is a better long-term fix.
Slippery floors. A leak can cause puddles to develop in areas with high foot traffic, like a hallway. These puddles create a fall hazard for anyone walking by. Additionally, they can soak the carpet or wooden tile flooring, causing mold issues.
Wilson Roofing has the experience and the know-how to ensure you will never have to deal with any of the hazards associated with roof leaks. To learn more about our roofing services, call us today at (855) 501-2220. You may also use our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We are located in Austin, TX, and serve nearby areas in Central Texas.