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Home Disasters That Can Result From Undetected Roof Leaks

Leaking roof detail

Imagine walking around a home or building and the roof suddenly collapses on top of you. It happened to dozens of unsuspecting shoppers at the Elliot Lake Mall in Ontario last month and left 20 injured and two dead. The roof collapsed due to years of water damage from leaks. This was a worst case scenario, but roof leaks should always be taken seriously. Undetected roof leaks cause extensive and expensive damage to a home’s structural integrity while promoting dangerous and unseen mold growth. That’s why regular roof inspections are so important.

Serious Structural Damage
Water moves on the principle of gravity. When a leak develops in your roof, moisture has nowhere to go but down. It penetrates your interior ceiling first and will slowly move along the path of least resistance. As it enters your home, moisture is absorbed by your rafters, dry wall, wood frame, and other building materials. This alters the shape and strength of these materials and causes any wood to swell and rot over time, putting you at risk for a roof collapse.

Insulation and Electrical Damage
Sometimes, these ceiling leaks become evident because they form a drop-off point inside the home, but a leak can find its way into a wall void. When this occurs, the leak may cause a number of other problems, including issues with your insulation and electrical wiring.

Hidden Mold Growth
All mold needs to survive in your home is a surface to grow on and a steady source of moisture. Mold prefers temperatures of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but certain species can grow in temperatures as cold as 34 degrees and others in areas as warm as 98 degrees. Undetected roof leaks provide the perfect environment for mold to flourish. High levels of mold can lead to headaches, respiratory problems, asthma attacks, and other serious health issues.

Call Paul Bange Roofing for a thorough inspection and analysis of your entire roofing system. We’re proud to keep families in Fort Lauderdale safe and dry with our expert roofing repair, replacement, and preventative maintenance services. Give us a call today at (954) 981-7663 for more information.

Common Problems that Can Develop in Old and Storm-Damaged Roofing

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Roofs see a lot of action for 365 days a year. Constant sun, moisture, winds, and storms take their toll on an aging roof. If you have an older roof or think a recent storm may have damaged your roof, look for these common problems to help you decide if you need professional roof repairs or replacement.

Buckling Shingles
The shingles on your roof may develop several problems over time. This is especially true if your roof hasn’t been properly installed or maintained over the years. Buckling is a common shingle problem that usually occurs due to poor ventilation or improper installation. Roofing shingles expand, warp, and change their shape after it rains, because they can’t absorb and release moisture properly. As a result, the rest of your roof is more vulnerable to damage.

Failing Flashing
Poorly sealed or damaged flashing is the cause of many roof leaks—one of the most serious and common of all roof problems. Flashing materials are usually metallic, shiny fixtures that prevent moisture from penetrating the most vulnerable sections of your roof. They’re usually long and narrow pieces of light-weight metal that sit in the valleys of your roof planes and around your chimney. Over time, powerful gusts of wind may lift and loosen your flashing away from the surface of the roof, allowing moisture to penetrate and leaks to develop.

Spreading Leaks
Many of the common problems that older roofs often face can lead to roof leaks. A roof leak is a major problem that needs to be addressed right away in order to avoid substantial structural damage to your home and discourage the growth of mold.

Paul Bange Roofing offers preventative roofing maintenance, inspection, replacement, and repair services for homes in the Ft. Lauderdale area. We understand what old age and the local hurricane season can do to a roof, and we hope you’ll take advantage of our more than 30 years of experience in the business. Call our roofing contractors today at (954) 981-7663 to find out more about our services.

Learn More About Metal Roofs and How to Determine if Your Roof Needs Repairs or Replacement

Find our recent blog posts interesting? Explore the information provided in the links below. They contain useful information about the different types of roofs available. To inquire about our repair or replacement services, call Paul Bange Roofing at (954) 981-7663.

Roofer Nailing Cap Shingle to a New House Roof

Recognizing When a Roof Is Better off Replaced than Repaired

New Shingled Roof with Blue Sky Background

Over time, your roof can suffer all types of damage. Whether your roof is suffering from leaks, hail damage, or wear and tear, it is important to find and repair roof problems as soon as possible. In fact, failure to repair even small problems can damage your roof so extensively that it can become necessary to replace it completely. The following information can help you understand when it may be necessary to replace your roof, rather than repair it:

  • When Shingles Are Extensively Damaged
    If your roof is covered with shingles that have visible damage, such as curling corners, cracks, or missing granules, it is likely time to have your roof replaced. However, if only a few of your shingles are damaged, it may be possible just to repair that section of your roof. A professional inspector can determine if your shingles are so damaged that roof replacement is necessary.
  • When Your Home Is Experiencing Significant Leaks
    Leaking roofs can cause extensive damage to your belongings and to the structure of your home. While a small leak in your roof can be effectively repaired, larger ones often require entire roof replacement. If you notice significant amounts of water leaking into your attic, it is time to call a roof inspector to determine the best solution.
  • When Holes Are Visible in the Roof
    Storms can cause extensive damage to your roof. When trees or other falling objects have knocked a large, visible hole through your roof, it is likely necessary to have the entire roof replaced. After a storm, your roof may be damaged more than you know. It is important to always hire a professional to assess the damage done.

It is important to have an expert roof technician regularly inspect your roof, regardless of your roof material. Regular inspections will allow you to identify when repairs or replacement are necessary. To learn more about roof repair or replacement, call Paul Bange Roofing at (954) 981-7663.

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