Your roof is exposed constantly to all the elements outside on a daily basis. No matter how good your roof may look with a pair of binoculars and your own eyes, your roof is still vulnerable to damage, and could possibly have damage that you can’t visibly see from the ground.
All too often, roof system problems are discovered after leaking or other serious damage occurs. Periodic inspections, preferably twice a year, often can uncover cracked, warped or missing shingles; loose seams and deteriorated flashings; excessive buildup in the gutters or downspouts; and other visible signs of roof system problems. You can also look indoors for roof issues as well. Look for cracked paint, discolored walls and peeling wallpaper. These are all signs of damaged roof areas.
Here are some of the most common dangers to your roof’s integrity, and simple steps that you can take to help maintain your roofs longevity:
Tree Branches: If you have tree branches that hang over your roof, it is important to remember that gravity will play a part in helping those tree limbs come down at some point in time; it is only a matter of time before they will fall. You will have no say in where or when that will happen, but it will happen eventually. Branches can also damage your roof by scraping away at your asphalt shingles whenever the wind blows. Tree branches also help animals gain access to your roof. Animals can damage parts of your roof and can even gain entry into your home through the damage that they have done. When branches hang over your roof and provide shade, this can keep moisture from evaporating after wet seasons, which can cause water to accumulate and pool. Pooled water can destroy your roof over time by causing it to be damp and unsturdy. To help with this, tree branches should be cut down before they can cause serious damage.
Clogged Gutters: The purpose of the gutters on your house is to move water from your roof away from your house. When gutters get clogged from all different elements of nature, the water will get stuck on your roof leading to water damage. The water will find paths to travel if it can’t escape off your roof, like moving up under the shingles and into the plywood. Cleaning out your gutters is one of the easiest ways to maintain your roof. The recommendation is twice a year, at the beginning of spring and at the end of fall.
Leaky Roof: Leaks in your roof can cause some serious damage. The water that leaks in thru your roof can affect rafter and ceiling joists, which can lead to costly repairs. If these situations go unnoticed, or are not take care of, the possibility of a roof collapse is something that could happen in the future. That is not only costly damage, but also poses a safety threat as well. Having your roof checked during the year is a great way to see if there are any leaks that can be quickly taken care of because they escalate into something more serious.
Maintaining your roof properly will help it to last as long as possible. With the right schedule your roof should last for years before you have to even think about, or need to replace it.