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A Leaky Roof Is a Structural and Financial Liability

A leaky roof can cause serious damage to your property or, worse, the convenience of your home. A leaky roof is often incorrectly thought to be just a cosmetic defect and not an actual problem. Depending on the severity, repairs can cost thousands of dollars. So it’s important to understand what causes this common issue and how you can prevent it before repair becomes necessary. The following are some of the biggest dangers of a leaky roof:

Structural Damage

Leaks cause water to pool inside your home, which can eventually lead to rotten wood and mold growth. And when the water makes its way outside your home, the exterior of your house will begin to deteriorate. This is because rainwater and other liquids commonly contain chemicals harmful to building materials and plants.

Deteriorated Insulation

When rainwater makes its way through the roof above your home, it drips on your home’s interior walls and floors. The liquid contains dangerous chemicals that your home’s insulation can absorb.

Pest Infestation

Pests can enter your home through small spaces created when water accumulates on your roof and walls. And once they enter, they can create a greater problem than water alone. Insects, like termites, can cause extensive damage to the wood structure of your home and can be extremely expensive or even impossible to repair.

Fire Hazard

When water accumulates on a roof and is exposed to heat sources (such as light bulbs and vents), it can cause a fire hazard. Additionally, if the roof structure is directly above an area that contains flammable materials, such as stored oils or paints, it can cause a fire. 

Slipping Hazard

Water is heavier than concrete and will result in the structure of your home settling down. Eventually, this could result in structural issues for your home. 

The Bottom Line

A leaky roof is a hazardous roof. The risk of significant damage to your home, such as mold growth, structural deterioration, or insect infestation, can be high. And when these problems occur, it can cost you thousands to repair them. So it’s recommended you contact a professional roofing service as soon as you suspect any issues. We’re ready and committed to offering you, our valued client, the best roofing service in the market.


The Top 3 Worst Enemies of Your Roof

The Top 3 Worst Enemies of Your Roof

Even in newer homes, unforeseen roof problems can happen. To detect damage in its early stages, it is essential to keep an eye on your roof. Early damage detection allows you to have the issue fixed and perform needed maintenance before the issue grows worse and more expensive. Here are three roof-related threats of which to be aware. 

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5 Roof-Related Questions to Ask Before Buying a House

5 Roof-Related Questions to Ask Before Buying a House

Before you purchase your dream home, it pays to ask the seller questions about the condition of the property’s numerous components. Electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems are usually the topics of discussion, but you shouldn’t forget the roof of the home you’re eyeing to buy. The following are some of the roof-related questions to ask:

5 Roof-Related Questions to Ask Before Buying a House

1. How Old Is the Roof?

Knowing the age of a home’s roof lets you predict future problems and prepare for them. A roof can endure 15 to 50 years, depending on the material, installation, and weather. Ask the seller for roof-age verification. The age of the roof can affect a homeowner’s insurance premium and whether an insurer will offer a new policy.

2. What Is the Current Roofing Material?

You should also ask the seller what type of roofing material the roof is made of. This is because the materials used to make the roof have a big effect on how long and well it lasts. Asphalt shingles might last for 20 years, but clay tiles and slate can keep out the weather for 50 years or more. Also, the material of the roof may affect how much it costs to fix.

3. When Was the Roof Last Inspected?

A roof must undergo thorough inspections at least once or twice a year or after a severe storm. Even if there’s no visible damage, periodic roof inspections are important. Wind and hail damage might limit the roof’s lifespan. Ask the seller when it was last examined and serviced. If it’s been some time, have a roofing specialist evaluate the roof’s condition.

4. Are There Any Known Damages or Repairs to the Roof?

A seller must disclose any known house damage or problems to a prospective buyer. By expressly asking about roof problems and repairs, the seller is forced to give such details. To avoid dedicating time and money to a property that may have cost-prohibitive problems, it is best to get any bad news early and consider the cost of potential repairs in discussions.

5. Is the Roof Warranty Still Valid and Transferable?

Manufacturers and contractors have different warranty inclusions and exclusions. Roofing warranties are divided into two categories. Product defects are covered by a material or manufacturer guarantee, while installation errors are covered by a workmanship warranty. Ask your seller about the roofing warranties and whether they are transferable. Think twice about buying a new roof if the warranty isn’t transferable.
For all your roofing needs, get in touch with Polar Bear Exterior Solutions. We have hand-selected only the best architectural shingles and metal roofing products for our area. Call us at (425) 290-5579, or fill out our online form to request an estimate. We serve homeowners in and around the Seattle and Mukilteo area.




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