In the previous blog post, the Tuscaloosa roofing contractors at PRN Roofing discussed three hidden dangers of roof leaks. We’ll continue on that topic, and give you three more ways that roof leaks can damage your home, health, and finances.

Mold-related Health Problems

Once mold enters into your home, it can create a lot of health issues for you and your family members. Congestion, rhinitis, inflammation, cough, asthma, and allergic reactions like hives are all signs of prolonged mold exposure and widespread mold growth in your home; the only way to treat these conditions fully is to have the mold removed from your home. This won’t be cheap. At the very least, mold removal for a crawlspace will run you $2,000 — but if you need mold remediation for your attic, air ducts, and walls, you’re looking at a cost upwards of $10,000 in some cases.

Fortunately, mold buildup of this scale won’t happen if your home’s exterior is strong and watertight. Talk to your roofing company to schedule roof maintenance and necessary repairs, and keep your home free of mold and the health problems it can cause.

Higher Utility Bills

If mold and fires don’t scare you, losing your hard-earned money might. When your roof leaks, it’s not just letting water leak in — it’s letting your expensive air-conditioned air out. Running your HVAC system on a swampy day in Tuscaloosa is pricy enough as it is — but if your roof has leaks, you could be spending up to 40 percent more on your energy bills each month. You might as well take a drive down the 359 and throw your money out the window.

If you notice your energy bills are getting substantially higher month over month, or see a dramatic spike, it’s time to call your roofing contractor. They’ll take a look at your roof and find weak spots that could be harming your energy efficiency. You might not want to spend the money on roof repairs, but it’s a much cheaper route than paying higher energy bills for another year.

Structural Damage

Roof leaks that are left unnoticed for long periods of time can lead to structural damage — and oftentimes, there’s virtually no amount of money that can fix it. Water leaks can damage rafters and ceiling joists, fascia, wall framing, insulation, and even your home’s foundation; these kinds of damage can leave you with repairs in the ballpark of $50,000, or even render your home worthless.

Even if you don’t have to deal with the worst-case scenario, you might end up with damaged drywall, peeling paint, damaged kitchen cabinets, or soaked carpets. Regardless of the situation, a tiny roof leak can have a huge impact on your home and your finances.

Choose Your Top-Rated Tuscaloosa Roofing Contractor

An experienced roofing company is your best bet for avoiding roof leaks and costly home damage. PRN roofing is Tuscaloosa’s leader for roof repairs, roof inspections, and roof replacements — it’s our job to protect your home and give you peace of mind. Schedule a free consultation with PRN Roofing today.