Prevent Major Roof Damage with our Checklist
We’ve talked a little about roof repair, but what actually causes roof damage? We all know how important our roof is to our home, but we don’t always give it a second thought. Checking the condition of your roof, as well as potential hazards can prevent considerable roof damage. Most people don’t notice that there’s an issue until they have a major problem on their hands. If you understand the potential threats, you can inspect your roof first hand. Here are the top 9 things that cause roof damage:
1. Number one has to be fallen tree limbs. It can cause extensive damage and is easily preventable. Limbs and heavy branches from trees can fall on your home during major storm surges. Not to mention, the tree could be weakened by disease. It doesn’t take much for limbs like these to crack and fall. Take care to occasionally check the trees around your home, and remove any potential falling hazards.
2. Fallen leaves, sticks and pine needles from nearby trees can accumulate on your roof and form a wet pile of mulch. This wet pile will cause shingle deterioration and rot.
3. Animals can also be an issue. Raccoons and woodpeckers are particularly notorious for taking apart your roof. Woodpeckers will tear up your shingles looking for bugs to eat. Raccoons are always looking for an entrance into your home, and will pry up shingles and vents to do so.
4. Good gutters are designed to channel water away from your roof and foundation. Poorly maintained gutters can cause water to back up and seep into your roof’s edges. This can also cause rotting.
5. Strong winds can lift up your shingles. If rain seeps underneath, it can leak through to the ceiling and down the walls of your house. If you see a stray shingle in the lawn after a major storm, you should definitely give the roof a quick inspection.
6. Snow and ice can also harm the integrity of your roof, if you live in an area that’s cold enough to develop frozen precipitation. Ice can form around the eaves and cause snow to back up. Inevitable thawing and freezing will lift your shingles. This can lead to melting snow and ice seeping into your home.
7. Hail can also cause roof damage. It destroys the protective mineral coating on your shingles and will leave bare spots. These bare spots weaken your shingles and leave them vulnerable to other damage caused by UV rays and moisture.
8. Loose roof flashing can also cause roof damage. A roofing compound secures your roof flashing. It is placed around chimneys and vents to create a watertight seal. This compound can dry out and cause the flashing to become loose. If your flashing is loose, water will seep down underneath the flashing and cause rotting and potential leaks inside your home.
9. Bugs! Termites can be a major cause of roof damage. Other bugs are also bait for birds that will peck away at your roof system to get to them.
10. Finally, the biggest culprit of long-term roof damage is the sun. UV rays cause your shingles to dry out. This will lead to cracking, and your shingles will fall right off of your roof. This leaves parts of your roof without any protection from the other elements. UV damage is a normal part of roof aging, but it’s also a sign that your roof may need replacing.
You may have noticed that all of these potential roof hazards have one thing in common. They can lead to water or moisture seeping in and causing rot and leaks. When it comes to roof damage, moisture is the number one culprit. The moral of the story is don’t let moisture in! Check your roof for signs of damage and aging, as well as potential hazards to your roof such as falling tree limbs. Getting a new roof is a major investment. Protect your roof now, and you’ll be glad you did.