Having the label of homeowner does come with a certain level of responsibility – you must protect your investment. Negligence when it comes to maintenance opens the door to costly, and sometimes dangerous, consequences. Your roof is no exception. If you're aren't taking care of your roof like you should, here are just some of the concerns you can expect.
Greater Energy Bills
Poor roof maintenance can lead to higher energy bills. Loose shingles and other holes in the roof allow air to easily pass through. During the winter, this means more cold air gets inside your home and during the summer months, more warm air. Either scenario causes your heating and cooling systems to work harder, meaning more energy consumption. Since your costs are based on consumption, you can expect your bills to soar.
In addition to allowing air to pass through, the greatest threat loose shingles present is a water leak. When it rains or snows, some of the moisture will travel through the gutters and off your home, but some will seep through these openings and eventually make its way inside your home. Even a small leak can cause significant damage to the structure of your roof, walls, ceilings, and floors, which can be costly and dangerous.
With water leaks come mold. Not only is this growth unsightly, but it can be toxic and bad for your health, especially for infants, the elderly, and those suffering from respiratory diseases. Mold also impacts the structural integrity of your home, which presents another safety issue. If you have mold developing in your home due to a leak, this is generally a sign that you have neglected roof maintenance for quite some time.
Lower Property Value
A lack of maintenance can also diminish your property value. The average potential buyer is often looking for a turn-key property, one that they can move right in to. A home with roofing issues doesn't provide this type of scenario. The homeowner would need to spend money upfront to have the roof repaired first. A home that presents this type of challenge won't just be harder to sell, but it will have a lower value than those properties that are more move-in ready without the upfront costs.
Don't make the mistake of neglecting your roof. Hire a contractor to come out and inspect your roof to highlight any issues that you need to correct.