If you’ve ever had a leaky roof, you know how much of a pain water damage can be. But did you know that water can damage your roofing system in ways you might not be able to see? Here are three subtle ways water can harm your roof — and three good reasons to get a professional to check it out.
It’s Not Always Obvious
Wind damage is pretty noticeable; it’s hard to miss bare patches where shingles have blown away. But water damage isn’t always visible at first glance. Water can seep down into areas where shingles are missing or misaligned, and can pool on the wooden decking layer beneath. If this happens, rot and mold could set in.
It Gets Worse if You Ignore It
The longer water stays pooled in a hidden space, the more damage it will do over time. Before you know it, your insulation — and, eventually, your interior ceiling — could be affected. This is why it’s important to have a professional assess the damage if your roof has suffered through heavy rain.
It Can Weaken the Whole Structure
From soft spots and sagging frames, to rusty gutters and flashing, water can erode your entire roofing system. If wet leaves are allowed to stay on your roof, they can make the problem worse. Get in touch with a quality roofer before repairs turn into a full roof replacement.
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