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The Risk of Waiting to Replace an Old Roof

Have you noticed signs that you need a new roof but are delaying because of the financial costs involved? True, roof replacement can be financially and emotionally draining. However, waiting to replace your old, worn-out roof could bring about so many costly issues you want to avoid. Here are some of the risks associated with waiting to replace an old roof:

Water damage

Old roofs are more susceptible to leaks and water damage. And the situation worsens as you delay. The water can cause further damage to the roof deck and rafters. It can ruin your floorboard, electronics, drywall, and other structures around the home, all of which will cost a lot of money to repair or replace.


Moisture in your home gives mold the perfect environment to grow. Aside from its very ugly look and foul smell, mold thrives on and damages wood, paper, fabrics, and other organic materials. Mold can also destroy your home's drywall, wallpaper, floorboards, carpet, and other things. In addition, mold is bad for your health and can cause various health issues.

Reduced energy efficiency

A bad roof will do a bad energy efficiency job. In winter, your old roof will be unable to keep in the heat from your heating system. Similarly, warm air can easily find its way into your home in summer, and your air conditioner will have to work harder. Poor energy efficiency means you'll spend more money than you should.

Fire hazard

A failing and bad roof can easily let in water through its cracks and holes, which increases the possibility of water coming in contact with your home's wiring and electrical connections. This can lead to shocks, short circuits, and damage to electrical appliances. Even worse, it can cause a fire outbreak.

Lower property value

If you intend to rent out or sell your home, it's better to go for a roof replacement. That's because a bad roof will give potential buyers the impression that your home is poorly maintained and will look elsewhere. To attract buyers, you'll have to lower your listing price range. On the other hand, a new roof will increase your home’s valuation.

If your roof is bad, it's a smart financial decision to replace it immediately, as delay can lead to the above issues and more. Want to know how much it will cost to replace a roof or have further questions about roof replacement? Simply contact us now.



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