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What Happens When You Ignore A Roof Leak

Roof leaks

No roof is going to last forever, and when your roof system gets compromised and springs a leak, you really only have two options: You can ignore the leak, or you can have it fixed.

While it's tempting to ignore it and hope that it will go away on its own, the better course of action is to get it fixed by a professional roofing contractor as soon as possible. Another common mistake is to wait to repair the leak until it turns into a bigger problem. Bundling a bunch of roof repairs will rarely save you money since waiting on one repair makes it more costly!

Here are three things that can happen if you decide to go the other route and simply ignore a leak in your roof:

Repairs Get More Expensive

A shingle roof leak will not go away miraculously or heal itself like a paper cut on a finger. Water will cause havoc when it is left sitting and even smaller leaks can soak into your insulation, ceiling, deck, and other areas. Consequently, the longer any water sits and hits those areas, the more damage it will do and the more expensive the repairs will become. If roof leaks don't get fixed, they will eventually cause interior damage that is even costlier to fix.

Chance Of Mold Growth Increases

A minor leak might not seem like a big deal to you if you don't care about a couple of water stains here and there. However, water does a lot more than just soak things. Wherever there is water, there is a chance of mold growth. Whenever water leaks into walls, insulation, and ceiling and is left unattended, you have created the perfect location for mold that may lead to a large clean-up situation and an even bigger repair bill that could have been easily avoided.

The Expected Life Of Your Roof System Will Decrease

Nobody wants to have a roofing contractor replace their roof; in fact, most people will put it off as long as possible because of the expense and the hassle. So if you can make it last longer, you should! One of the ways to expand the life expectancy of your asphalt shingle roof is to fix small leaks as soon as they show up. Leaks that get ignored, no matter how small and insignificant they may be, will weaken the roof system and will cause you to need that full roof replacement much sooner than you would have otherwise.

Give our roofing contractor team a call today to schedule your roofing repair or replacement services!

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