3 Things That Happen When You Wait to Replace Your Roof

The basic function over the life of a roof is to keep the elements out of and away from the interior and it’s inhabitants. Unfortunately, roofs do have a finite lifespan. In areas such as South Texas, that lifespan may be drastically shortened. A constant barrage of wind and occasional hurricane or hail is enough to have your roof screaming for help. To make matters worse, roofs are easy to forget. We can’t necessarily blame anyone for that…facts are that most sane people don’t spend a tremendous amount of time hanging out up there.

Today, we’ll discuss 3 things that WILL certainly happen when we neglect to give attention to one of the most integral parts of your home.

1) EXPONENTIAL INCREASE TO ROOFING LOSS

Shingles are applied in a fashion where each covers a portion of the next. This means that there is a vast inter-connectivity. If one shingle goes, the next is likely to…and so on. The old adage “only as strong as your weakest link” is applicable. If damage is left unchecked it will grow exponentially and hurt the pocket book far more than if addressed early.

2) DECK DAMAGE

Roofs are composed of an OSB or plywood deck, underlayment, then shingles or other roof type. Missing or damaged shingles leave your underlayment and structural decking exposed to the elements. Over a short period of time this leads to wood rot and mold! This turns an average re-roof project into a much larger scope of work. Ripping the deck off and replacing adds the cost of decking and labor to your repair.

3) INTERIOR DAMAGE

Most of us notice leaks at this stage. By this time the previous 2 points have already taken place. Visible damage inside living space means that water has passed through the roof, underlayment, deck, attic space, and drywall….leaving a trail of damage and potential mold/mildew hazards along the way!

All doom and gloom? Yes…but DON’T PANIC.

PREVENTATIVE AND PROTECTIVE MEASURES

  • We advise to schedule roof inspections at least once a year. If there is a hail, high wind event, or most certainly hurricane an inspection is advised immediately following event.

  • Roofs should appear uniform. If you see something that appears out of place it likely is. Contact us for complimentary photo detailed roof inspection.

  • Emergency tarps will prevent a manageable problem from becoming a large, costly one. Castillo and Co will place a temporary tarp on damage until an insurance inspector or repair is scheduled.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article! For more information on roof repairs and replacements contact us at 956-264-2477! We have 16 TAMKO HERITAGE color choices to fit any taste.