Most homeowners overlook the possibility of a roof leak. They don't want to admit that it's a possibility, or that it isn't a huge concern. Some people convince themselves that the problem is really something else and not the roof. Others can't foresee the damage or future issues that ignoring a leaky roof can cause.

Regardless of why a homeowner may have chosen to ignore the problem initially, it's important to be aware of the effects a leaky roof can have. Knowing the seriousness of of the problem you don't want to admit your home has, gives you the incentive you need to contact a local roofing contractor for a roof inspection.

Water leaking into the home can cause extensive damage, sometimes invisible to the homeowner. Crumbling drywall and mold growth in the attic or walls behind sheetrock and insulation can cause an unhealthy living environment. Damage like this gets more expensive to repair as the damage spreads. In many cases this damage is the result of a small leak, and a simple fix like caulking around a pipe jack could prevent thousands in repairs inside the home.

In some cases the leak could be a much more substantial issue like missing shingles on the ridge, or exposed roof decking from broken or torn off shingles. Damage and exposure like this will cause not just interior damage, but rotting and extensive roof damage. And don't forget, if water is getting in, that means air is getting out. The money you pay to heat or cool your home is flying right out through the roof if it isn't in good shape.

At the end of the day, if you see discoloration on the inside of your home, think you smell mold, see damp insulation in your attic, or just are worried about the damage recent storms might have done to your home, don't hesitate or brush it off. Call a well trained and professional local roofing contractor like Kaiser Siding and Roofing today to get your roof inspected!