Keep an eye out for these issues:
1. Structural Damage To Roofing
Even worse than damage to interior ceilings is structural damage to the whole roof. Roof decking and attic floor beams can be compromised by water. Even the underlayment, a waterproof layer that lies directly on the decking, can essentially dissolve with long-term exposure.
2. Attic Insulation Deterioration
Insulation is one of the unsung heroes of any Jacksonville home. Proper attic insulation is the key to keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Moisture penetration during a leak melts through aged insulation, rendering it useless.
3. Floor And Interior Damage
When you first notice a leak and you’re waiting for help to arrive, it may be okay to lay down a bucket. Don’t keep it up, though: That leak could get worse overnight, overflowing to the floor. Nearby wall hangings, furniture, and electronics are at serious risk of being ruined, too.
4. House Foundation Damage
Your roof and your foundation work together to keep your home secure. If your roof is leaking, water isn’t draining off the roof the way it should. Subsequent rains can cause water to seep right into the foot of your building and contribute to foundation cracks. Yes, it’s that serious!
5. Mold And Mildew Infiltration
If your leak spreads to the walls, it’s critical to be alert for the development of mold. Mold can hide in your walls for months, continuing to spread after the initial damp conditions. Some forms of mold are very dangerous, and all can contribute to respiratory distress.
Does A Serious Leak Mean I Need Full Roof Replacement in Jacksonville?
A single leak, no matter how serious, usually doesn’t call for full roof replacement.
That said, time is of the essence. If a leaking roof gets walloped by more heavy weather, then the rest of the roofing system can come apart at the seams. Repair costs literally grow by the day.
At a certain point, the roof can become a total loss even if there are still intact shingles and some relatively undamaged areas. Like a totaled car that still has four good tires, a roof system with waterlogged decking is usually more trouble to save than it’s worth for the homeowner.
On the other hand, a roof with limited leaking can usually be restored to “like new” condition with modern roof repair techniques. It’s important to choose a roofing contractor with full knowledge of what approaches really work best here in Florida.
If your roof is leaking, don’t delay for more than a weekend at most. Contact Jacksonville’s roofing repair experts at Plair Homes for immediate assistance. We look forward to helping you.