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The Hidden Dangers of Roof Damage: What You Should Know

the hidden dangers of roof damage

Your roof is an essential part of your home that you can’t see. Sometimes a damaged roof can be hidden from view under layers of shingles or other materials. It’s not until a heavy storm comes along and blows off that top layer, allowing you to see the storm damage, where you realize just how dangerous your situation has become. If you don’t take the chance to stay proactive on roof maintenance, you could be in for a shock when you find out the hidden dangers of roof damage that you might not be aware of. 

Structural Integrity 

Sometimes something as small as a leak can cause massive damage to your home. While most people are aware of the importance of keeping an eye on water damage, we rarely consider how that damage could affect the structural integrity of our home itself. 

If you’ve ever had a pipe burst, you’ll know that the resulting damage causes quite a lot of chaos. You might not realize that this same chain of events can occur when the roof leaks and fails. Not only can these situations put you and your family’s lives at risk, but they can cause permanent damage to your home and property. 

Damage Interior of Home and Property  

Speaking of damage to your home and property, roof damage can allow water, animals, and mold into your home. It is a nightmare scenario. After entering your home, you realize your roof has been damaged. The hardwood floor in the living room, which you spent hundreds of dollars on, is now water-damaged and needs to be replaced. 

There is a hole in the ceiling below your kitchen table, which you had just splurged on Italian tile, and now it isn’t safe to use. You can see daylight streaming through the window in your bedroom, which lets you know that rain and other elements are eating away at the interior of your home. On top of worrying about fixing your roof damage, you can only hope that your home insurance will cover the damage to your property as well. 

Mold, Mildew & Bacteria Overgrowth 

Something you might not realize: irrespective of how diligent you are with your roof maintenance, chances are, a good percentage of your roof will become uninhabitable due to mold, mildew, and bacteria overgrowth. Microscopic mold spores can float in the wind for miles, and when they land in your attic or on the exterior of your home, they can grow as a result of wet areas (roof leaks being one of the main culprits). These overgrowths not only can cause harm to the roof of your home but can place your health and the health of your family at risk. 

Fire Hazard 

The problems caused by a leaking roof go well beyond the aesthetic and can lead to severe damage in your home. Water is one of the most powerful elements on earth. It can wreak havoc on anything it comes in contact with. Likewise, water poses several dangers to your family and home if it leaks from your roof, as water has been known to cause massive fires due to coming into contact with electrical circuits or open wires, especially in your attic.

Conclusion

We hope that these hidden dangers of roof damage have helped you understand why routine roof maintenance is essential as a homeowner. At Rosser Roofing Solutions, we care about our customers as if they were family and understand that safety is your top priority. Schedule a free roof inspection today and relax knowing your roof repairs and replacement is in good hands.