Have you been wondering if your roof is ready for winter? Are you suspecting that you might have a leak but it hasn't been "serious enough" for you to actually do anything about it? Many people try to avoid thinking about their roof for as long as possible. They put things off and put things off until they can no longer ignore the drips that come through their ceiling when it rains. But just because this is a common reaction doesn't mean that this is a good idea. There are a number of reasons why you should seriously consider getting your roof fixed as soon as possible, including:
Prevent rot: Despite its name, dry rot is a fungus that typically needs some moisture to get started. Once it does get started, it then gets its moisture from the wood it's growing in, giving the wood the characteristic desiccated or almost burnt appearance. By allowing a so-called small leak to exist in your roof, you're allowing sufficient moisture in for the dry rot to get started. If not dry rot, there are other types of rot that can take hold if you hesitate on the matter of getting a roofing repair done. The longer you wait, the more damage that will need to be repaired.
Save money: Eliminating dry rot can be an expensive undertaking. Not only do you have to get rid of all of the infected beams, trusses, and other parts of the roof but you also have to treat or remove nearby pieces of wood to stop its spread. The longer you wait, the more wood will have to be replaced during the course of the roofing repair and the higher the bill will be. If you have the roof fixed before any rot sets in, you'll be paying a fraction of what you'll pay if you wait.
Save time: One reason why some people may procrastinate regarding arranging a necessary roofing repair is that they think that they don't have time right now. They'll do it later, after this project at work or after the holidays when things aren't so hectic. It may take a few hours of your time to arrange a repair now, but it'll be over and done with more quickly. If you wait, potentially allowing wood rot to set in, the repairs can take up even more of your time. Not only will you have to arrange for the repairs themselves but, if things have gotten serious, you may also have to arrange for your family to stay at a hotel or motel until the repairs have been completed. This will obviously be much more of an interruption of your routine than simply having the leak fixed in the first place.