A roof is an essential part of any home. Unfortunately, many hazards can damage your roof over the years. This guide will introduce homeowners to the top three common causes of roof damage. By taking the time to understand the top roof hazards, you can figure out how to prevent them from hurting your property.
Some roofs, especially those with asphalt shingles, have an expiration date. The older asphalt shingles get, the more they become prone to wear and leaks. The exact expiration date can vary due to several factors, like the quality of the original installation. Some asphalt shingles can last close to 20 years, though many endure enough damage to warrant a replacement by the 12-year mark. On the other hand, metal roofing can last upward of 50 years. If you want a long-lasting roof, your best bet is one made of metal.
Homeowners should understand how the elements hurt asphalt shingles before investing in them. The elements are arguably the biggest enemy of many residential roofs, and we don’t just mean fire. Although this is one of three common causes of roof damage, the elements comprise various hazards.
For example, moisture damage is a major concern for roofs, often resulting in leaks and mold accumulation. Furthermore, high winds can knock shingles from the top of your home. Whether you find damaged shingles on your roof or notice some are missing entirely, the elements are likely to blame. While asphalt shingles struggle under certain weather conditions, metal and slate tile roofs typically handle them easily.
Ignoring Maintenance and Repairs
Luckily, you can replace shingles if any go missing. But neglecting to repair the roof will result in further damages. If your roof needs repairs, don’t put it off. Also, you should inspect your roof at least once a year.
Be sure to look for holes, cracks, missing shingles, and debris (leaves, tree branches, trash). Don’t forget to inspect the gutters and downspouts, too. Debris can accumulate in gutters and downspouts and clog them up, causing water to overflow and collect on the property. Overflowing gutters can be especially disastrous if you have window wells directly below them.