Your roof is the thing that separates you from the rest of the outside world. Without it, you don’t truly have a home. While a roof can seemingly last a lifetime, there are a surprising amount of things that can damage it and shorten its overall lifespan. It’s incredibly important to have your roof inspected regularly if you want to make sure that it’s in good condition.
Not sure about our claims? Check out some of the top culprits of roof damage and you’ll likely change your mind.
Wind is the leading cause of damage when it comes to roofs. If winds are strong enough, they can lift up the shingles on your roof, leaving everything underneath exposed. If you are living in an area with strong winds, it’s important to check your roof more than often, especially after windy days. A good sign of damage is if you see shingles or pieces of roofing on the ground after a storm, whether from your house or others in the area.
If you live in an area with lots of trees and foliage, you may have a lot of debris on your roof. Debris can be anything from branches to pine needles. Unfortunately, those things aren’t even the worst of your problems. The main culprit of damage in this instance is the moisture that collects on those pieces of debris. It can wear down the shingles on your roof over time if you don’t constantly check.
Think about all of the animals that you see in your neighborhood. Most suburban areas are home to squirrels, birds, rats, raccoons, and opossums. These animals can eat away at your shingles, not to mention claw and chew their way into your house through the walls. If you check your roof and find animals either living or congregating up there, it may be time to call pest control.
Yup, your roof is no match for the power of the sun and its unholy UV rays. The more exposure your roof has to UV rays, the more damage and rot can come about. Unfortunately, you may not notice this type of damage right away, and there’s not much you can do about it besides maybe planting a few trees over the top of your home. If you live in a sunny climate such as a desert or beach, you may need to check your roof more than the next person.
5. Snow and Ice
When temperatures reach levels below the freezing point, ice can form. Ice, much like wind and sun, can be unavoidable depending on where you live. When the ice melts, water forms and can damage your shingles if it pools there. We recommend getting your roof inspected after every winter if you are living in an area with snow.
We hope that by now you understand how important it is to have your roof inspected and repaired to prevent further and greater damage. Your roof is the one thing that separates you from the outside world. Without it, you’d essentially be living in a giant, square bucket.
Have you ever had your roof inspected or repaired before? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments!