A Damaged Roof May Put Concrete At Risk

Posted on: 4 July 2018

A damaged roof causing water to enter the home presents serious hazards. Water rots wood. Rotted wood leads to damage and necessary repairs. That's when the issue is inside the home. Some may look at the rain pouring down the exterior side of their house and not worry. They assume the related roof damage isn't a big deal. After all, the water leaks outside the home. Don't make such an assumption. Water hitting any exterior concrete presents significant problems, especially in the winter. The longer you ignore the roof repairs, the greater the chances the cement ground suffers.

Roof Problems and Concrete Disasters

A storm-damaged home might not effectively drain water from the roof. Water should travel along the gutter to a downspout leading to a sewer drain or dirt ground. A wrecked gutter, damaged downspout, or other damage to the roof may lead to water errantly pouring down the side. The water might then pool on the ground. Don't assume the water will safely evaporate. Wintertime freezing weather might not give the water a chance to disappear.

Concrete and Freezing Water

Concrete may slowly degrade from water exposure over time. The pavement may suffer serious cracks. In the winter, the problem could turn out tremendously worse. Puddled water collecting in the cracks turns to ice when freezing weather arrives.  Concrete frequently shatters in cold weather when water turns to ice and expands. The result becomes costly. You must replace the cement blocks at a price of several hundreds of dollars each. Repairing concrete in the winter may prove impossible. Wet concrete freezes, too. Delaying the concrete repair work means a hazard could exist for months. 

Cold Weather Won't Stop Roof Work

Homeowners might not be keen on booking a roofer during the winter due to bad weather. True, a roofer can't fix a roof when it is snowing or raining. Cold weather, even frigid weather, doesn't necessarily preclude a roofer from performing most repairs or even installing a new roof. Leave decisions related to the weather to the roofer. If a professional says the weather is fine for the job, the roofer is saying he/she can do the job. The roofer bases the determination on experience.

End the Risk

Damaged roofs create troubles that potentially spiral. Cold and inclement weather further increase the potential problems. The interior and exterior of a home face difficulties when you don't quickly and professionally address roof damage. Never delay fixing even what seems to be a minor issue. Let a roofer check things out and see how serious things are.

For more information, contact a company such as Surface Shield Protective Coatings.