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The Dangers of Waiting to Repair a Leaky Roof


A leaky roof can complicate the functionality of a South Florida roofing system and bring about lasting consequences. Unexpected weather conditions, like hot temperatures and tropical storms, can increase the likelihood of a roof leak. If an active roof leak has been spotted, we at All American Roofing recommend addressing the leak as soon as possible. A roof leak that is too far gone may lead to further damage such as:


Mold damage 

A roof leak can lead to dangerous water damage and unsanitary mold growth. Mold is a type of fungus that grows on any surface and thrives on moisture. It can appear on the structural components of a roofing system, even the drywall or insulation. The darker and more humid areas of a roofing system are most vulnerable to mold growth. It appears as green, brown, or grey patches throughout a roof. In excess, mold can be dangerous to inhale if one has allergies or asthma. Additionally, exposure to mold over time can cause eye,skin, throat, and lung irritation.


Insulation damage 

Leaky roofs cause water build-up and pooling in problem areas. If the pooling spreads to or accumulates near your attic or interior walls, the building’s insulation could be in jeopardy. Building insulation,like fiberglass insulation, compresses when it has been exposed to moisture.According to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, “the presence of water (or ice) in the insulation seriously degrades the thermal performance and can degrade the effective service life of the insulation system.” Although the insulation material can be dried out by a professional, there is no guarantee the insulation will perform just as effectively as it did or be just as thick as it once was prior to the roof leak.


Electrical damage 

Your electrical outlets, wiring, and internal processes are not completely protected from the dangers of a roof leak. Electrical damage due to a leaky roof could result in a faulty breaker, a power outage, or an electrical fire. If a specific electrical area of the building has been affected by water, be sure to turn off the electricity charging the area and call an electrician to assess the damage.


Structural damage 

Water or moisture from a roof leak can seep into the structure of a residential roofing system. For example, if crucial wood beams or framing have been exposed to a significant amount of water over time, they may weaken or deteriorate. The last thing a homeowner needs is to uncover a damaged structure after a severe roof leak.


Do not let a leaky roof tear down your residential property’s entire system. A professional, licensed roofing company can provide the services you need to restore your South Florida roof back to its full health. With assistance from All American Roofing, your residential property will be able to recover from past leak damage and withstand any dangerous weather to come. For more information about what roofing services we can offer your property, contact our All American Roofing experts at 954-772-ROOF(7663).


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