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If your roof is in need of urgent repair, you have come to the right place. I am not a roofing contractor, but I have just finished replacing the roof on my home when the old one failed. The contractor I called in helped me to assess the condition of my old roof and to choose the right type of material to replace it with. He carried out the work quickly and kept me informed about what he was doing. I have learnt so much from the experience that I wanted to share my new found knowledge with the rest of the world.

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Overcoming the 'Wait and See' Approach: Five Unexpected Risks of a Leaky Roof

by Krin Rodriguez

If you're like most procrastinators, a home maintenance list can always be put off till later. The truth is, while some home issues can safely afford a 'wait and see' approach, water damage is serious business, and even the smallest leak can lead to unwarranted damage.

If a change in colour on the ceiling paint or wrinkles on the plaster do not concern you enough, here are unexpected risks a leaky roof can cause if left unattended.

Compromised roof structure  

A leaky roof can lead to widespread damage to ceiling joists, wall framing, rafters and exterior trim. A continued roof leak can cause the wooden frame to rot or deteriorate and eventually compromise the whole roof structure.

Ceiling and attic damage

A leaking roof can severely damage the stored items in your attic. Once the leaking persists in your attic, water will come through your ceiling, leaving a dark, stained, bubbled area and affecting your lighting. Sounds like a mess, right?

This is a mess that can be avoided by a simple roof repointing or restoration.

Moulds and Mildew

If left unattended for far too long, a leaking roof is likely to attract mould and mildew. The heat here in Australia and standing water can be a recipe for disaster. Other than negatively affecting the appearance of your roof, mould can travel and grow throughout your home, including through your home's HVAC system.

This means that mould will eventually become a serious health concern, especially for those with high sensitivity, including those with asthma, nasal congestion, inflammation and rhinitis.

Safety and fire hazard

A leaking roof could end up creating puddles on your floor, which pose a risk of slips and falls.

Also, a persistent leak around any electrical wiring in the ceiling or the attic could eventually lead to a risk of fire.

Increased heating and cooling bills

Persistent water intrusion can affect how your home's insulation performs. Saturated insulation means more hot or cool air will be lost. This will increase your heating and cooling bills due to wasted energy, not to mention the time required for insulation to dry once saturated.

It is highly crucial to call a roof restoration or repair specialist at a company like Blue West Roof Restorations, no matter how small your roof leak. A roofing specialist will help you get your roof back in shape through expert roof repointing and repairs to create a stronger hold for your roof and seal against water.

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