What Happens If You Ignore A Leaky Roof?

What Happens If You Ignore A Leaky Roof?

No homeowner wants to find out their roof has been leaking. It’s such an important part of your home and something you should always take seriously. But i­t can be an intimidating and unsure situation for homeowners. Maybe you haven’t had experience with roof repairs and aren’t sure what to expect. Maybe you have a lot of questions. You may have heard stories about other people’s bad experiences with contractors. It can be tempting to ignore your leaky roof. Here’s why you shouldn’t.

Increased Property Damage

Unfortunately, ignoring a leaking roof means the damage will get worse. It’s not going away; it will leak every time it rains. It may start as a few drops of water, but multiplied by several rainstorms, it can create more damage to your home. You could have damage to roof decking, insulation, and possibly even drywall or electrical wiring inside your home. This all means a bigger repair bill. Once water damage starts, it compromises the integrity and function of the materials used to build your home. This leaves your house even more vulnerable to additional damage and can get worse fast.


Getting everything dried out after a roof leak can sometimes be difficult. Some areas may be inaccessible or just won’t dry completely. To make things worse, repeated and consistent exposure to water means some areas will stay wet between rains. These are the perfect growing conditions for mold. If mold damage is bad enough, you’ll have to call someone for mold remediation which can get very expensive fast. You also risk putting your family in harm’s way for mold-related health issues.

Shortens the Lifespan of Your Roof

A roof which has been installed correctly should provide many years of protection for your home. A leak which goes undetected for a while, or just ignored, can do enough damage to actually shorten the lifespan of your roof. This means you’ll need to replace it sooner than you otherwise would need to or want to. Fixing small leaks promptly can help avoid permanent damage compromising the function of your roof.Getting a reliable contractor can diminish a lot of the uncertainty and get your repair done right. Moss Roofing has over 25 years of experience in the Indianapolis area and we’re an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor and a GAF preferred contractor. Contact us today to learn about your options for a leaking roof.

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