Why your roof is the most important part of your home?
When you are asked what is the most important part of your home, what comes to mind?
The foundation or frame? Or, is it your kitchen? After all, that is the heart of the home? Your living room? Bedroom? Bathroom? Man Cave or Lady Lair?
While all of those answers are correct, have you ever thought about what would happen if your roof leaks or isn’t weather tight? The rest of your home would be ruined in pretty short order, right?
Next to your foundation and framing, the roof is the most fundamental part of your home’s integrity. The most important thing that a roof does for you and your family is keep weather — rain, snow, wind, heat, cold, fog, ice — out of your home. Without a roof, you would soon find that your sheathing, drywall, insulation and framing would be riddled with mold and mildew, which can make you and your family sick.
With all of that said, your roof is also the most vulnerable part of your home. It is subject to weather and other elements that can cause it to deteriorate every day. So, how do you know that your roof is doing its primary job — protecting your home and everything in it from the elements? An inspection will uncover any cracks or holes in your roof that you might not be aware of. The smallest roof penetration can cause major problems inside your home.
How often you get your roof inspected depends upon several factors, including the age of your home; and if your area has experienced any weather events such as heavy snowfall, tornadoes and hurricanes.
There are some interior signs you can look for to determine if your roof is serving its purpose. If you have water stains on the ceiling or unexplained odors inside your home, that can be a sign that your roof is leaking. Bubbles in your ceiling are also an indicator that moisture is being trapped inside your roof.
In order for your roof to do its primary job of keeping weather and other unwanted elements out of your home, be sure that it is structurally sound so that it will have a long life and keep you safe and dry.