6 Top Things that can cause damage to your roof

Your roof is one of the most important features of your house. It protects you from all of the elements outside to keep you dry, cool and warm inside your house. You want to make sure that you are keeping up on the proper maintenance of your roof and to watch out for these main factors that can cause damage and keep you from being comfortable inside your home:

Wind: Wind can cause damage in a number of ways. High wind speeds can blow roof tiles or shingles right off of your roof, which can lead to debris, water or pests having easy access right into your attic. Wind can also have an effect on nearby trees. If you have a particular windy day, or night, this could cause tree branches to fall onto your roof and damage shingles or tiles, or even the actual structure of your roof.

Critters: Critters are a silent threat. You don’t always know if you have critters reeking havoc on your roof until it’s too late. Animals such as nesting birds, raccoons, bats, squirrels, and mice can all contribute to destroying your roof. Vent covers and shingles can be torn off by these critters looking for a way to get inside. The insects under your shingles can be sought after by woodpeckers who can do some might damage looking for their meal.

Debris: It is not always noticeable if a tree is damaged or rotting. If this is the case, it doesn’t take much pressure to cause branches to break. Tree branches can fall and break shingles off of your roof. Make sure to trim up all your trees that hang above your roof to avoid any branches falling during windstorms or heavy rain. Leaves, foliage, sticks and pine needles can form into a stack of mulch on your roof, which stays constantly moist on the bottom causing your shingles to deteriorate and your roof structure to rot.

Ice, Snow and Heavy Rain: When the temperature drops below freezing, ice can form along your eves and cause snow to back up. The process of freezing then thawing, then freezing then thawing can lift your shingles, melt the ice, and allow snow to seep into your house and cause water damage. When it rains hard or hails, it can damage and weaken the protective mineral coating on your asphalt shingles, creating spots that are unprotected.

Gutters and Downspouts: Gutters and downspouts are designed to keep water flow away from your roof. If your gutters are filled with debris or maintained poorly, the water can dam up and leak over onto your roof. In time, this can cause rotting areas on your roof.

Ultraviolet Rays: Our beautiful warm sun can also play a part in the lifespan of your roof with its UV rays. UV rays can cause your roof tiles to dry out over time. This is something that can go unnoticed and can lead to major damage down the line.

Make sure to do your bi-annual roof checks to look for any of the above damage that your roof might have. Avoiding problems can save you the headache, and the funds, of having to fix major damage that could have been avoided. If you think that you might have problems that are beyond your scope of being able to fix yourself, Yorkshire Roofing is available to help you with all your needs. After nearly 25 years of history they have a proven track record and excellent reputation.

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