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May 3, 2019

Four things that can happen if you wait to replace your roof

Replacing a leaky roof is no easy task. Many homeowners may think they’re dealing with small problems - an insignificant drip, a minuscule hole or barely noticeable cracks. These nuisances are often thought to be “no big deal” when they really are. Read on to find out what can happen if you choose to wait to replace your roof.

1). It may trouble you when you notice your roof has started to leak. This is a clear indicator that your roof has been neglected of much-needed repair or even replacement. You will see obvious wet patches on your ceilings and even down the walls. The minute you do notice a leak, you must take action and not ignore those wet patches. If you choose to wait, you’ll save time and money in the short-term but the longer you procrastinate, the worse off you’ll be in the long run. Over time, the water you’ve ignored will spread. It will eventually spread to all areas of your house, causing the entire structure to soften and the roof to sag. Once you get to this point, your wallet will be much lighter than if you had addressed your roof problem earlier.

2). You and your loved one’s health is frequently overlooked when it comes to this topic. Picture this: moisture in cold, dark places that has no way to dry out will absolutely grow mold. As mold grows and vastly spreads throughout parts of your home you can’t see, its spores are contaminating the very air you breathe. A number of homeowners are shocked to discover that wet roofing and walls are responsible for cultivating harmful living conditions. Furthermore, once your home is infested with mold, it is extremely difficult and expensive to remove. Avoid this potential health disaster; don’t disregard the leak that seems inconsequential.

3). Ever think that a leaky roof could turn into a fire hazard? Because it can. Water invading your home can easily creep to electrical areas - a recipe for a major fire disaster. It’s not a question of “if” it will happen, it’s a matter of “when.” By ignoring roof repairs or replacement, you’re absolutely putting your home in the red zone for a fire risk. Think of all the electrical wiring that runs in the walls of your home. You don’t want to mix water with a blow dryer in the bathroom, so you certainly don’t want to mix water with electrical panels and wiring. Once wiring gets wet, it will likely short-circuit resulting in overheating, fire, or even an explosion. Don’t put everyone in your home, as well as your valuables, at risk. Get that leaky roof fixed!

4). Believe it or not, that leaking roof will send your energy bills soaring. The same areas that are letting water into your home are also allowing your heat and A/C to escape. So, the money you spend to heat your home in the winter and keep it cool in the summer is being lost 24-hours a day, every day. That is, of course, until you have those much-needed roof repairs done. Money is precious to all of us, we work hard for what we earn, and our budgets don’t always have a lot of wiggle room. You will fall victim to that leaky roof when you notice your electric bill has doubled in a single month with no increase in usage. It’s simple, stop wasting energy and money; have that leaky roof checked out and fixed.

If you find yourself in this bind, don’t worry! Our experienced staff at Fischer Lumber is prepared to help you. We offer a large selection of GAF roofing products - residential and commercial. We have over 15 colors of limited lifetime warranty architectural shingles in stock to choose from. And if you’re working with a roofing contractor, they’ll love that you’ve decided to do business with us. Visit us in E. Alton at 210 N. Shamrock or call us at 618.259.7434.