10 Main Things That Cause Roof Damage
The roof of your home is what covers and protects your house. Although
it's so important to keep it well maintained, we often overlook it.
Most of the time, actually, we don't think about it until there is
a problem. It's a great idea to be aware of the things that cause
problems for your roof so you can be aware of potential damage, even when
you can't always climb up there to check it out first hand. Here is
a list of 10 of the top things that be damaging for your roof. If you
experience any of these, or have any questions about Auror or Evanstan
roof repair - or anywhere in the Chicagoland area, give us a call and
we'd be happy to answer your questions.
Tree Branches. Limbs from nearby trees can break and fall during heavy ice, wind or snow.
When a tree is weak due to disease it wouldn't take much pressure
for it to break. Be sure and inspect the trees that are around your house
and cut away the branches that could pose a problem.
Roof Debris. Foliage and trees around your home can create a buildup of debris on your
roof, specifically in the crevices made by extensions or dormers. Sticks,
leaves, 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.
Critters. Animals such as nesting birds, raccoons, bats, wood peckers, squirrels,
and mice can all contribute to dismantling your roof. The insects under
your shingles and fascia boards are sought after by wood peckers and your
vent covers and shingles can be torn off by raccoons looking for a way inside.
Downspouts / Gutters. 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.
Excessive Wind. When the wind blows, it can cause your shingles to lift up and even blow
off. Damage can occur when rain or moisture seeps in under your shingles
and leaks on through to your ceiling and even down your walls inside.
After a storm, look for stray shingles which is a sign that you should
inspect your roof.
Strong Rain / Hail. When it rains hard or hails, it can damage and weaken the protective mineral
coating on your asphalt shingles, creating spots that are unprotected.
This opens your shingle to more problems like UV rays and moisture which
can cause damage. Lots of pounding from hail will shorten the life of
Ice / Snow. Ice may not be a problem everywhere but winters here in Chicagoland they
can be pretty fierce. When the temps drop 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.
Flashing Damage. Roof flashing refers to a thin strip of material used for weather-proofing
your roof around vents, chimneys and along the edges. If your flashing
become damaged, it can allow water to seep underneath that area and into
your home. Over time and weather wearing, the compound used to seal the
flashing can become lose or dry out which can cause water damage
UV Rays. Our beautiful warm sun can also play quite the part in the lifespan of
your roof with its UV rays. It can lead your shingles to dry out over
time. Although this is only part of the aging of your roof, it is also
a sign to be aware of.
Moisture. While each of these issues can create problems that damage your roof,
you may have noticed one main thing they all have in common. All these
things allow water or moisture in and that is the biggest culprit in causing
harm to your roof. If you can take care of everything else before or as
they happen, then you can prevent water and moister from destroying and
damaging your roof.