How often do you go up on your roof and look around, check it out, and see how it all goes together and if there are any problems? If you’re like most people, the answer is, “never.” It’s a roof, designed to be on top of your building in the weather and last forever under normal use. And that’s the key, there is no such thing as “normal use” for a roof. Winds and storms can’t be predicted. This is why it is so important to have your roof inspected regularly and prevent more expensive repairs by fixing a problem quickly.
Patching a Compromised Roofing Element versus Replacing a Roof
You’ll save a lot of money by catching a problem in time to make a repair instead of waiting until the entire roof needs replacement. Even the best roofing contractor can only patch a limited space, once the damage is allowed to spread too far the only fix is to outfit the building with a new roof. Whether a house or commercial building, the price of a new roof will make you wish you’d caught the problem in time to conduct repairs.
Another consideration is the amount of damage inside the building that may occur after an extended period of a sustained roof leak. As water leaks through, it causes mold and rot in the attic space long before becoming a visible problem on the ceiling inside. If the leak occurs around an exhaust pipe or chimney, the water will likely also leak into a wall before you ever see it. As it turns out, roof leak that would have been a simple fix a year ago has turned into thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars in structural repairs to your framing and drywall.