As a homeowner, there will probably come a point in time when your roof will either need to be repaired or will require a full roof replacement. Sometimes damage is obvious and can be seen such as missing shingles or water leakage into your home which can usually be repaired. However, sometimes the damage is not visible until it is far too late to repair and will require a roof replacement.
There are a few common reasons why you may need a roof replacement:
1. Rain and Hail Damage
Precipitation can allow mildew to grow on your roof – especially in late August when thunderstorms are common. Frequent rain or even snow can force precipitation to penetrate the roof which can eventually cause the wood to rot. Furthermore, it can soak the insulation beneath your roof and even cause damage to electrical wiring. SOLUTION: Always brush snow off of your roof to prevent it from collecting. After a particularly rough rain storm, have a roofer check for damage before another storm can cause further damage.
If you have ever noticed dark spots on a roof, it is moss and algae that has taken up residence on shingles. Not only is this unsightly but it also absorbs water which will cause extra weight to your roof, leading to wood rot. SOLUTION: When you see dark spots forming, call a roofer in to clean your roof and remove lichen before it grows too large and causes damage.
3. Sun Damage
Almost unavoidable, the sun causes your roof to age and deteriorate. The sun’s rays and its heat create cracks in the roof and weaken its structure. The less shade you have covering your home, the sooner you will need a roof replacement. SOLUTION: Having tall trees in your yard can offer shade and save your roof from excessive sun damage.
High winds that come along with storms can pull shingles off your roof and leave it vulnerable with no protection. Water and debris will then begin to collect and cause structural damage. SOLUTION: While you can’t do much to protect your roof from wind damage, you can be proactive by ensuring that there are no loose shingles or damage that wind could make worse.
While trees can provide shade to your roof and thus protect it from the sun’s powerful rays, they can also contribute to damaging your roof, too. If tree branches have grown so long that they scrape your roof, they can create deep scratches and even punctures. This can allow rain and debris to collect and put too much weight on the roofs structure. Furthermore, the trapped moisture can allow fungus to grow which can also deteriorate your roof and require a roof replacement. SOLUTION: Prevent this from happening by trimming any trees that are close to your roof.
In order to protect the life of your roof and hold off on needing a full roof replacement, you should make sure that your roof is properly maintained and repaired by a roofer as soon as any damage is noticed.