A well-maintained roof effectively shields residents and their personal belongings from the onslaught of severe weather elements like moisture and heat. While a roof can last for several years, there is a list of things that can damage it over time, resulting in reduced energy efficiency as well as life expectancy. In this article, a commercial roofer shares some of your roof’s biggest enemies.
Debris includes tree branches, pine needles, leaves and twigs. The scrap or litter that you encounter day-to-day can build up and cause moisture to accumulate on your roof, causing underlying components to rot. If you see large, overhanging trees near the surface of your roof, make sure to trim them away to avoid roof damage over time.
2. Ice and Snow
Ice forms when the temperature drops below freezing. Ice can inflict serious damage to your roof, from shingles to the attic. Once the ice melts, the moisture can compromise the structural integrity of your system, resulting in mold growth and rot. Similarly, the excessive weight of snow resting on a broken-down roof can cause it to sag or even collapse. Keep in mind that a sudden need for a roof replacement can take a significant toll on your bank account.
The prevailing wind is one of the top causes of roof damage, and many people do not realize it until it is too late. Strong, persistent winds can lift up your shingles, leaving other areas of your roof exposed to elements. After a windy day, it is a good idea to inspect your backyard for shingles. If you see broken pieces of shingles on the ground, then you need to bring in a roofer to address the issue.
4. Clogged Gutters
Gutters are responsible for catching rainwater and funneling it away from the foundation of your home. If your gutters are clogged with debris or dislodged due to heavy winds, the trapped water can rot the wooden fascia boards, spill onto the vinyl siding or let moisture into your home.
Done-Right Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd. is a premier source of roof replacement and repair services in the Halton region. As a GAF Master Elite® contractor, our goal is to provide the comfort and efficiency every client deserves through industry-leading products and outstanding customer service. Call us at (289) 809-6133 or fill out our contact form to request a free, no-obligation estimate today.