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Denver Roofers Explain the Hazards of Leaving Your Roof Unrepaired in the Winter

December 5, 2018

A well-maintained roof can make all the difference in the comfort and efficiency of your home during the winter. However, many homeowners tend to neglect their roofs during the late fall and winter months. Though the holiday season is always busy, it’s important to make your Denver roof repair a priority, no matter how busy you are. Wondering why? Here are just a few of the ways leaving a damaged roof to sit over the winter can hurt your home. 

Causes Your HVAC System to Work Harder

Leaky roofs mean your attic is exposed to the elements constantly. Unfortunately for your home heating system, this means a lot of heat will escape thorough the damaged areas. Over the course of the winter, you’ll likely spend more on heating and energy costs than you would if the roof was in good shape. Worse, the heater will have to work harder and more frequently just to keep your house close to the temperature on the thermostat. By repairing the leaks and damage as soon as you notice them, you’ll be able to keep heating costs low and help your unit run as efficiently as possible no matter how cold it gets outside. 

Increase in Pests

A poorly maintained roof makes it easy for pests and insects to burrow inside the attic once the weather takes a turn for the worse. Remember, even a leaky and drafty attic is warmer than many of the natural winter habitats pests have access to. This makes the attic particularly attractive and the damaged areas on your roof are the perfect access point for those unwanted critters. By leaving the roof unrepaired over the winter, you’re essentially offering up the attic space to pests. Come spring, you’ll need to work with an experienced pest control company to get rid of them before the roofers can fix the damage done to your attic. After an infestation, your roofer won’t just have to fix the roof damage—they’ll also need to repair or replace the attic insulation, support beams, and any other damage the pests may have caused to the roof structure.

Higher Risk of Fire Hazards

Snow may melt slowly, but this just means it has the chance to seep into your walls. For many homes, this increases the risk of fire hazards and electrical damage. When wires inside the walls have any amount of wear and tear, the water coming through the damaged roof can cause a spark or short. The best way to prevent electrical fires is to make sure your roof is repaired and properly maintained before the first snow falls. 

At Big Creek Roofing & Restoration, we know that preventative maintenance is the key to keeping your home safe and dry during the winter months. Our experienced roofing contractors have the training and experience required to identify even the hardest-to-spot leaks and damage. If it’s been a few years since your last roof inspection or you purchased a house with extensive damage, we can handle the full roof replacement quickly so you can get back to enjoying your house. Don’t put roof repair off any longer. Contact us for a free estimate today.