Oftentimes people overlook the importance of their roof until there is an issue with it, and this can cause serious problems. Your roof is what protects you from the outside elements and when there is one problem, many more are likely to follow. Many people ask us what can cause roof damage and how to know if they have a problem, and so we have compiled a list of the top eight factors that may damage your roof. If you have noticed any of these occurrences, please don’t hesitate to call us and have us check over your roof and fix any problems.
- Weather Conditions: Rain, snow, sleet, ice, and wind, are just some of the natural occurrences that can really take a toll on your roofing over time. Wind can cause damage to shingles and allow moisture to sneak in, the pounding of rain and hail can weaken your roofs layer of protection, and snow and ice can build up and damage both your roof and the ceilings underneath.
- UV Rays: Aging is normal when it comes to your roof, but excessive UV rays can dry out your roofing even more and cause cracks and damage earlier than expected. If you live in an area with lots of sun, make sure to keep an eye out for damage over time.
- Flashing Damage: Flashing is a protective layer between your roof and any openings such as edges, vents, chimneys, etc. When this thin strip is worn away, removed, or loosened, water and other debris can sneak in and damage your home. Once water seeps under the roof, it is only a matter of time before your roofing becomes ineffective and it is time for repair.
- Debris: If you’re like most people, trees, branches, and other foliage probably surround your house and provide a nice, scenic view. However beautiful, this can be be dangerous when debris lands on your roof and forms into mulch stacks. Mulch can stay damp for extended periods of time and if it gets into the crevices and cracks of your roof, it will likely wear it away and cause serious damage.
- Gutters and Spouts: Seemingly harmless, gutters and spouts can “fight back” if not properly cleaned and cared for. Although water is supposed to drain off of your roof through gutters and spouts, if they become clogged with debris then the opposite may happen. Water will become unable to pass through and instead, it will flood upwards and damage the roof as it does.
- Branches: Storms can be thrilling and exciting, but also quite dangerous for your home. When heavy wind and rain passes through, weak tree branches are bound to break and if they are above your home, they can damage your roof, windows, and pose a dangerous threat to your house and the family living in it. Make sure you cut down branches that are dead, weak, or too close to your house and you will prevent lots of damage from occurring in the future.
- Animals: Critters love to make your home into theirs, and on your roof this can mean trouble. Nesting birds, raccoons, woodpeckers, squirrels, mice, and more can all find a way into your roof and stay there until they are found, if they are found. As these creatures seek out food and shelter, they can tear apart your roof and get into your home. Make sure to keep an eye and an ear out for any critters, damage, and infestations.
- Moisture: Any of the aforementioned reasons are capable of wearing away and damaging your roof, but they also all provide the opportunity for moisture to creep in. Anytime a shingle is damaged, a tile rots, or a problem ensues, space is created for water to enter your roof and eat away at its components. Make sure to frequently check your roof for cracks, crevices, and damage so they we can stop a problem in its tracks, before it is too late.