28 Oct 5 Reasons Roof Repair Is A Good Home Improvement Project
Taking care of roof repairs is usually far down on the list of home improvement projects folks want to complete. Usually, it’s the more glamorous projects that get all the attention, like new landscaping or maybe exterior painting. Those types of projects are impactful; you can stand back afterwards and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. It doesn’t always feel that way when taking care of your roof. Typically, it’s not until you actually see the water coming into your home or notice water spots on your ceiling that people stand up and decide it’s time to fix the roof. On top of that, most roof repairs need to be completed by a professional. It’s not exactly DIY territory for too many homeowners!
Today, we are going to look at five reasons why you shouldn’t put off getting your roof repaired and why it should actually be at the top of any home improvement project list!
Repairs Help Avoid Replacement
A roof that has been well maintained can last for more than 30 years. However, if you neglect roof maintenance or put off repairs until there are bigger issues, then you might only be lucky enough to get 15 -20 good years. Obviously, replacing a roof is way more costly than making small repairs and keeping up with maintenance. Also, a neglected roof can lead to considerable structural issues that may not show signs until there are major problems.
Save Money By Making Repairs Sooner (rather than later)
Just like your car and many other things in life, the longer you wait to fix something, the more costly it becomes. We have seen this time and time again. A simple $500 repair today, if avoided, can quickly escalate into the range of thousands of dollars in a few short months. Water getting on the inside of your home, behind the siding, or leaking into insulation can be some of the costliest repairs to make down the road. On top of this, an insurance company may deny a claim for water damage if they believe you neglected property maintenance. More on this below.
Use Your Insurance To Cover Repairs
First, you always need to get good advice when it comes to making an insurance claim, but our experience has shown that on larger repairs your insurance company may cover some of the costs. Again, if you keep up with home maintenance, your adjuster is more likely to approve repairs than if your issue is due to a lack of care for your property. If it’s an exceptionally large repair, you may still be responsible for some portion, but it’s better than the whole bill!
Air Quality and Health
What does water do when it gets inside of your home? It causes mold! This is the number one allergen affecting people in their homes and it can really be harmful. Mold is another reason it’s always good to get a roof inspection once a year – even if you don’t think you have an issue. A small leak could be going into your attic or crawl space, but just not into living quarters. Then, the mold isn’t noticeable until it has spread substantially. Besides mold, gaps and holes in your roof or flashing can cause excess humidity to enter your home which in turn will make your HVAC units run longer and use more electricity. Here in the Lowcountry, we see this all the time. A tennis ball sized gap in your flashing or roof junction can cause a 1-2 degree up tick in the temperature of your home by letting in needless amounts of humidity.
In our opinion, after health reasons, this is the number one justification for why you should keep up with your roof…the value of your home. If you plan on selling your home (and are not selling it as a fixer-upper) you need to stay on top of maintenance and repairs. A leaking or damaged roof is easily noticed to visitors and is a huge turn-off to buyers. Sometimes, folks buying a home will use a neglected roof as a reason to drive down the price. Again, spending a few hundred dollars here and there is so much cheaper than getting a whole new roof.
There are several other reasons why it’s important not to delay repairing your roof, but we think the above five are really the most important ones. If you’re worried that a repair is going to be too expensive, and that’s stopping you from at least getting a quote, don’t be silly. As a homeowner, you need to be informed and knowing the possible costs will help you to budget. Being informed can help you make the right choice on your next home improvement project.