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Reasons Not to Ignore Roof Leaks

All roofs over time will fail if not replaced before their time is up. If this happen, it often results in a roof leak. There are only two options you have as a homeowner when this happens: ignore the leak or get it fixed. At Atlas Restoration, we know it’s tempting to leave it alone and hope that it just goes away, but that is not the solution we recommend. Not only will a leak, never repair itself or “go away”, it will lead to more damage the longer you wait to address it. This will only cost more money and hassle down the road – especially if you decide to sell your home. Read on for a few things that may happen if you ignore a leak

More Expenses

Your home and your roof are not like the human body, it will not heal itself when something gets broken. A leak into your home means water damage. Water can damage things as it moves throughout your home, such as an active or quick leak, but it can also damage things by sitting. A small leak can soak into your insulation, ceiling, deck, and other important areas of your home. The longer the water sits in those areas, the more damage it will do. This can lead to foundation issues, water rot, and mold and mildew. Repairing the leak and making interior repairs will cost you more money in the long run than fixing the leak in the first place would have.

Increased Mold and Mildew

If you live in an older home or one that you plan on leaving soon, a water stain may not bother you. However, this water stain is more than just an eye sore – it can be harmful to your health. Wherever there is water, there is moisture. Trapped moisture combined with airborne bacteria creates mold. This mold created airborne pollution that you and your family are now breathing in every day. This mold can cause health problems that range from itching eyes, sneezing and coughing to serious allergic reactions such as asthma attacks or permanent lung damage.

Shorten the Life of Your Roof

We know that replacing your roof isn’t a fun purchase you want to make, and that it’s something you only hope to have to do once or twice in your life. That’s why it’s important to maintain the roof your currently have. One of the surefire ways to increase the life of your roof is to make small repairs as necessary before they cause more severe issues. No matter how small the leak, it can weaken the roof and cause the need for a full replacement sooner than the life of the shingles.

Small leaks in your roof and home may seem like no big deal but addressing them quickly is important to the life of your roof and the safety of your family.

What to look for when buying a home.

When looking to buy a new home, it’s important to remember that there are many big ticket items that could come back to bite you after purchasing. These major things include a roof, windows, and HVAC systems. But how do you know if the roof is in good condition? Here are some helpful tips and things to look for when seeing homes for the first time.


If the previous homeowner was smart, they replaced their roof with CertainTeed brand shingles. We also would have recommended that they purchased CertainTeed’s 5-star warranty, which is transferrable to new homeowners within the first 15 years of the roof.

Knowing if your roof has a product and craftsmanship warranty is important, as this could eliminate the need for costly repairs later down the road. Atlas Restoration, we always recommend that our homeowners purchase a transferrable 5-star warranty that will give potential buyers piece of mind that their roof is covered by a local company.

Get to Know the Age of the Roof

When looking at a potential new home, take a minute and look at the roof from afar. Take note of certain characteristics that could mean age or damage. Black streaks generally mean that the roof is over 10 years old, but is simply a cosmetic issue. If the shingles are falling off or there are loose shingles in the roof, the roof is in definite need of a replacement. Looking for signs of hail damage can be tricky from afar, but can be addressed during your home inspection.

You can also simply ask the current homeowner or your realtor about the age of the roof. Depending on the area you’re looking at, many homes in the same area will have the same age roof, due to hail storms or simply age.

Good Ventilation System

A homeowner may choose to put shiny new shingles on the roof without addressing any of the other areas of the roofing system. If there were previous issues that caused them to need a new roof, but weren’t addressed, this could lead to issues for the new homeowner.

If the shingles are warped or coming away from the roof, this could mean an improperly ventilated attic that could lead to higher costs as a new homeowner. It’s important to get a proper inspection on this issue by a licensed roofing contractor.

Shingle Quality

If possible, have your realtor find out the type of shingles that are on your potential home. If the roof is relatively new, the current homeowners should know the brand of shingles they choose. Making sure they have quality shingles like CertainTeed Landmark is important to knowing your roof is going to keep your roof safe. Shingle brands like Tamko and IKO are cheap and light shingle brands that will not protect your home.

Atlas Restoration, we are proud to put on the best roofs in Texas with CertainTeed Landmark and Landmark PRO, which are the heaviest shingles in the local market available.

Buying a new home can be overwhelming, but Atlas Restorations is here to make sure that homeowners know the best products and services to put on their roof. If you’re considering selling your home, give Atlas Restoration a call to give you a free estimate for your roof replacement. We promise that our products and their warranties will sell your home in a heartbeat.