When it comes to roofs, small problems can quickly become major ones, which is why it is important for homeowners to learn the biggest risks to their roofs and how to prevent or minimize damage.
Perhaps the biggest risk to the roof is the inattention of the homeowner. It is important that a quick visual inspection be done at least once or twice a year. This can be done while cleaning the gutters, which should also be done frequently and is considered part of good roof maintenance. Here’s what to look for:
Any signs of wear and tear, including missing shingles or flashing. Any area that looks raised or dipped in, which should get a closer inspection. Discolored areas, which should be checked for signs of deeper damage. Any signs of sagging or other major issues. If you notice any of these issues they should be addressed as quickly as possible.
Even a minor wind storm can destroy a roof that is in poor condition, so the key point of careful and frequent inspection cannot be repeated often enough. Loose shingles or tiles can be ripped off. Debris can be tossed onto the roof and can cause damage as it is pulled away. While you cannot prevent wind from occurring, there are ways to minimize the risks of damage to your roof.
Ensure that all shingles, flashing, and other components are secured. Install a perimeter fastener strip, which will provide additional security and support along the edges of the roof. The edges are where wind damage is most likely to start.
Trees provide oxygen, shade, some wind protection, and protect against soil erosion. However, trees are also responsible for some major damage to roofs. Proper care of existing trees and smart placement of new or replacement trees are key.
The sun can bake a roof and leave it dry rotted. Pollution, especially in industrial and urban areas, can damage the roof in ways that may be difficult to detect.
Spring and summer can mean issues from excessive rain and hail. If you live in an area that is more prone to hail storms, consider consulting a roofing professional about installing the right type of roofing material. Other important prevention tips are below:
Animals and insects want the same thing people want: food, water, and shelter. Sadly, some of them want to live where the people are no matter how much the people would prefer they stay out. This can lead to damage to the roof and other parts of the house.
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