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Protecting Your Roof by Maintaining Your Home's Surroundings
When you think about protecting your roof, you probably think about things like wind, rain, snow or sleet- common weather-y elements that are most obvious to the stability of your roof. What you probably don't think about are any of the other things that are equally potentially dangerous to your roof. Things like the placement and condition of trees and shrubs that surround your roof, as well as the types of animals that are indigenous to your locale, can all have an effect on the longevity of your roof. As abstract as these types of threats may seem for homeowners to have to consider, they're important nonetheless. And here's why.
Maintain Surrounding Trees & Shrubbery : Maintaining overgrown trees, or uprooting unstable trees or shrubs may seem like a no-brainer when it comes to protecting your roof-and home in general. But, judging by the number of repairs we attend to on a regular basis due to the improper maintenance of surrounding trees and shrubs tells me this is something that needs to be addressed. If the oak tree in your yard has more moss than leaves, is leaning in any one direction, loses lots of branches on a regular basis, or, towers over your home, it's probably a good idea to bring in a tree crew to figure out what the best path to protection would be. Sometimes, a simple trim is all that's needed; other times, it's a complete removal that's going to save your roof from potential destruction. Regardless, it's best not to take any chances when it comes to protecting your roof. You may not think so now, but you will certainly care when one of those trees comes-a-falling, causing more damage to your roof than costs that would've been incurred to remove the tree or shrub in the first place.
Find out what sort of animals are indigenous to your local community : Again, although we understand how abstract something like this may seem, learning what types of animals live in your area can help you protect your roof against those animals, and is what may be needed to keep certain creepy crawly's or furry friends from essentially destroying your roof. Raccoons, for instance, are one of those creatures that may try and infiltrate your roof by chewing through thin wood, or finding small crevices they can wiggle their way through. Once in, they can destroy much more than just garbage. These furry critters eat just about anything you can find in your attic, or materials used in the construction of your roof.
Another common pest that can, and does, destroy thousands of roofs every year in the United States are termites. Although basic pest control and regular vermin checks can ensure you aren't overtaken by these wood-eating and house-destroying insects, termites, unfortunately, can be found everywhere in the United States. Avoiding them, therefore, is more about proper check-ups and maintenance than moving somewhere else to avoid them.
Conclusion : As you can see, it isn't just mother nature we need to consider in protecting our roofs: It's also other, more abstract, things we often don't think about, or care about, until we have to. As insignificant as it may sound, protecting your roof is more than protection against weather and more common variable: It's about protecting it against potential threats, both long term and short term, that may seem less important, but are equally destructive.