Some homeowners may procrastinate about getting a new roof installation. They may think that it's best to get repairs and take a chance the gradual degradation of their roofing materials will not cause property damage. Some homeowners may also opt to choose to put new roofing materials over old materials. This is referred to as reroofing and several factors determine whether or not it is a good alternative solution. In some jurisdictions, reroofs are prohibited, but some individuals may attempt to do it themselves or seek amateur roofing help from friends or family. The following points highlight a few consequences of delaying a new roof installation and choosing temporary solutions or repairs.
Less Protection Against Storm Damage
A sturdy roof may be able to withstand inclement weather events that involve heavy rain, hail, or wind. Asphalt shingles deteriorate as they age even if they appear to be in pristine condition. The deteriorated material may be more susceptible to blowing off during high wind events. Getting saturated and forming moisture issues or roof leaks from heavy rain. The weakened shingles are also more prone to damage from hailstones striking them. A new roof installation offers the stability to minimize or eliminate roof damage from inclement weather.
Unnecessary Costs for Property Damage
There are a variety of property damage issues that can occur when a new roof installation is delayed. The shingles may not be able to prevent damage from moisture and water. This creates an ideal environment for mold growth to start. Roof leaks are also likely to occur and may cause damage to electronics, building materials, furniture, flooring, and floorboards. Mold remediation and replacing building materials will be necessary. This means that the homeowner should expect to pay more for the total cost of their roof installation when they decide that they are ready.
A roofing contractor is a good resource to use to better understand additional problems that can arise from delaying a new roof installation. Individuals who have roofing materials that have reached the end of their warranties may be reluctant to get a new installation if their materials appear intact.
It is important to note that warranties are based on manufacturers' estimates of how many years homeowners can expect the materials to last with good maintenance. They perform tests on their materials to make these estimations. This is why it is best to start planning for a new roof installation even if an aged roof appears to be in good condition.