If you own a home, you can expect to have to make repairs and upgrades over the years. On average, homeowners spend about 4% of a home’s value annually on maintenance and repairs that increase as the house ages. So you can expect to spend at least $2,000 in repairs annually for a $200,000 home. When you have a roof in need of repair, it’s best to tend to it as soon as possible, and here are some signs it’s time to do so.
1. Water Leaks
Even though your roof protects your home from precipitation such as rain, snow, and ice, if there are cracks or other vulnerabilities in the roof, such water can easily seep into your foundation and drywall. If your foundation has unresolved water damage, it can cause the wood to rot and make it unsafe to live with. In addition, any water damage can quickly lead to the presence of mold that only needs 24 to 72 hours to form under wet conditions, according to Qipa.
2. Air Leaks
Air leaks are another concern that can happen thanks to cracks or poor insulation. Such leaks make it hard to maintain a regular temperature in your home, so you may end up using your HVAC system at a higher level than normal. A great way to test for air leaks is by calling a contractor who can conduct a boom test to trace exactly where it’s coming from; a damaged or aged roof is often one of the main culprits.
3. High Energy Bills
Have your energy bills begun to increase and you’re unsure why? As mentioned, air leaks may cause you to use your HVAC more than normal and increase energy consumption. If you handle a roof in need of repair, you’re more likely to see those energy bills decrease very soon.
4.Pests in Attic
Does it sound like you have little critters running around in your attic? Believe it or not, an attic can be a hotbed for creatures such as snakes, raccoons, and birds to nest in if the roof isn’t properly sealed off. Anything that can climb up high or fly can get inside the home through the roof.
As you can see, a roof in need of repair can cause many problems. If you want to keep your home value and safety maximized, you’ll need to call in the experts. Reach out to us to learn more about our services and how we can help.