Five Situations That Commonly Lead To Roof Damage
Most roofs are very strong and reliable, and it’ll take a long time for most them to get damaged to the extent that it doesn’t protect the house as well from the rain.
However, at the same time, no type of roof is immune from being damaged little by little by the five elements mentioned below.
It’s a gradual process, but it’s worth looking out for signs of damage before they get too troublesome.
It’s less stressful and far cheaper to repair a roof before the house gets damaged by rain, so call the top roofing company in your area if you believe the following five situations have taken their tool on your property.
1. Hot sunny days
Long-term exposure to blazing hot temperatures can cause many types of roof tile to dry out and lose flexibility. After a while, the tiles will become susceptible to weakening and changing shape. UV rays can destroy the protective layer of tiles and shingles too, speeding up this process.
The shape-changing of tiles comes as a result of them expanding and contracting in extreme temperatures. It ultimately results in gaps and cracks forming in the roof where the rain can seep in and damage parts of the house.
2. Strong winds
Strong winds can get through the corners and edges of roofs, especially if they’re already slightly loose from previous damage, and begin to pull them upwards. It’s a very gradual process, but this can allow for more roof to be caught by the wind next time, eventually moving the corners and edges up more and more until the insulation is exposed and can be damaged by the rain. Debris getting blown about my strong winds can also chip away at shingles, intensifying the problem.
Similar to debris flying around in strong winds, hailstones can chip away at the protective layer of tiles and shingles, while leaving bare spots. This can result in faster damage from the sun and UV rays.
Critters pecking or digging away at your roof has a similar effect on the protective layer of your roof as hailstones. Squirrels, raccoons, and bats are among the other creatures that have been known to claw at shingle roofs.
5. Blocked gutters
Gutters are designed to keep excessive amounts of water away from your roof, but if they become blocked by debris, this water can dam up and pour back onto the edges of your roof. Over time, this can cause damp or rotting.
Horn Brothers are experts in roof repair and roof maintenance. Contact us today for more information and to receive a free consultation.