How a Bad Roof Can Lead to Severe Water Damage

By W.B. Arthur

A roof is commonly used to convey shelter because along with the walls of your home, it shields you from the elements, especially from harsh weather. But when it is damaged, your roof can easily turn from protecting your family to causing major problems that threaten the structure of your home and cost you comfort and money. In this blog we’ll explore the causes and signs as roof damage, the consequences of living with a bad roof long term and when it’s time to reach out to the experts at W.B. Arthur for roof repair or replacement.

Common Causes of Roof Damage

Roofs and their shingles are composed of different materials, such as asphalt, wood, copper, tile and fiber cement, and depending on composition, the anticipated lifespan can be anywhere between 20 and 50 years. Regardless of the material, your roof tolerates a lot over the years. Common causes of roof damage include:

  • Age
  • Climate
  • Extreme weather
  • Hail
  • Hurricanes
  • Strong Wind

Other that age, weather is the most common cause of roof damage. While roofs are built to withstand climate and normal exposure to the sun and rain, extreme weather can take a toll, especially over extended periods of time. High winds and hail can be particularly destructive, loosening and completely breaking shingles.

Signs of a Bad Roof and Water Damage

A bad or damaged roof typically shows its symptoms. On the outside, your roof may be damaged and need replacement if shingles are missing or cracked, or if there is a buckled or sunken in area anywhere across the roof. Growth of algae or moss on your roof’s exterior is a sign of excess moisture and may also indicate damage.

The inside of your home can also bear signs of a damaged roof, and truthfully, once you see these signs, you should call W.B. Arthur at (512) 710-0559 right away to schedule an appointment. Roof damage can show inside your home in the following ways:

  • Sections that are sagging or drooping
  • Streaks and Stains
  • Obvious leaks or water damage

Remember that inside your home, your walls may also exhibit these symptoms. When a roof is damaged, even if the damage is limited to a small area, it is very easy for water to collect and build up. If the roof is left unrepaired, water can easily seep into exposed areas and can even make its way to the interior of your house, damaging not only your roof but also the walls and structure of your home. Immediate action is essential to minimize the severity of damage to your home.

At W.B. Arthur, our professional team is trained to assess the damage to your roof and home and to create a plan of action tailored to your needs and your budget. We can provide roof repair or replacement and will assist with any water damage as well, and we are available 24/7 for emergency services! Contact us today for a free consultation!

Categories: Water Damage

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