4 Hidden Costs of Delayed Roof Repairs and Replacement (and How You Can Avoid Them)

It’s a scenario that no homeowner wants to experience: watching water drip in through the ceiling or walls of their home. You may be tempted to grab a bucket and hope for the best. After all, it’s just a little water, right?

Delayed Roof Repairs and Replacement (and How You Can Avoid Them)

There’s a reason why we have watertight roofs on our homes: because water can cause expensive damage and health hazards, even in small amounts. If you think you are saving money by holding off on a roof replacement, think again.

Here are 4 hidden costs of delayed roof repairs and replacements that you may not know about.

Golden Group Roofing doing a roof replacement due to delayed roof repairs in Massachusetts.

1. Undetected water can cause structural damage inside the building by delayed roof repairs.

The internal structure of your home was meant to remain dry and moisture free.  The beams, rafters, and studs all can become subject to mold and rot if exposed to water. If left unaddressed, the water can continue to enter your home every time it rains or snows.

Damaged roofing from delayed roof repairs.

What may seem like “a little water” can wreak a lot of havoc on the structure itself.  Addressing structural issues can be costly, messy, and disruptive. 

2. Toxic mold can hide where you can’t see it.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, all indoor mold growth can present health risks. Some molds produce allergens, irritants, and even strong toxins that can affect the inhabitants of your home.

As the EPA notes, you can’t control the existence of mold spores indoors, but you can control any moisture problems in your home. Mold can grow on damp surfaces in your home including the insulation inside your walls, carpets on the floors, or the wooden support materials.

Therefore it is essential to mitigate and prevent moisture from coming in through the roofing system, especially since it tends to collect in hidden areas such as the attic and walls. 

Delayed Roof Repairs and Replacement and How You Can Avoid Them shingles close up

3. Cost of materials may continue to rise in Massachusetts.

It’s no secret that the cost of construction materials have increased in the past few years. Because there are so many variables involved (such as interest rates, inflation, supply chain, and demand), it’s difficult to predict how the cost and availability of construction materials will fluctuate in the future.

Aerial view of roof repair and replacement due to delayed roof repairs.

If you’ve got a roof leak or problem, it may be better to lock in today’s material costs before they increase further – or worse, become out of stock or on back order when the situation becomes urgent.

4. Wet insulation becomes ineffective (and increase your bills) with delayed roof repairs.

Unfortunately, when the insulation in your walls or attic gets wet that can mean trouble.  When the insulation fibers get wet, they can clump together. This leaves pockets of air and reduces the “R-Value” of the insulation, meaning higher heating and cooling costs.

Moisture can get trapped within the insulation and become a breeding ground for toxic mold and mildew. This can ultimately create odors and affect poor air quality in the home if not treated properly.

Hidden Benefits of Replacing Your Roof

A Golden Group Roofing team member working on a roof replacement.

Avoid the hidden cost of delayed roof repairs in Greater Boston, MA.

Our advice? Don’t delay calling us if you notice a leak coming from your roof. Get the leak fixed and addr

ess any moisture issues in the insulation or walls now rather than pay for extensive damage down the road. Even if you notice a new musty smell in the attic or notice mold growth on the walls, it’s time to get a thorough inspection.

The team at Golden Group Roofing understands where to look for the common culprits of roof leaks. We keep a fully trained crew on hand all year round so we’re available to check your roof leaks and replace the entire roofing system, even in the middle of winter. You do not have to wait until summer! 

Give us a call to avoid the hidden cost of delayed roof replacement or repairs. Booking your inspection has never been easier. Simply call (508) 873-1884 or book your appointment online.