A home’s roof is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting those inside of its health, safety, and prized possessions. But the elements aren’t the only thing that can impact the integrity of your roof.
There are several ways that a roof on a home can get damaged. Here are some of the most common causes:
Weather-related damage: These are usually the most common! Extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, strong winds, hailstorms, snow, and ice can cause damage to a roof. The damage can be in the form of leaks, punctures, cracks, or missing shingles.
Poor maintenance: Neglecting to clean the gutters or failing to remove debris, such as leaves or branches, from the roof can cause damage over time. Debris can block the gutters and cause water to pool on the roof, leading to leaks or water damage. It is important to examine your roof frequently to see if any problems are arising. If you are too scared or nervous to get up on your roof, call a professional who can examine your roof safely.
Age: Roofs have a limited lifespan, and as they age, they become more susceptible to damage. The materials may become brittle, the shingles may start to curl or crack, and the roof may begin to sag. Different types of roofs using different materials have varying lifespans. Learn more about what type of roof is best for you and your home. (do we have a link to a previous blog I wrote about this topic?)
Trees: Trees near a home can cause damage to the roof in several ways. Overhanging branches can scratch or puncture the roof, and falling branches can cause significant damage. Leaves and debris from trees can also clog gutters and cause water damage. Monitoring the trees impact on your roof is important as well as regular maintenance of the trees around your home.
Animal damage: Birds, rodents, and other animals can cause damage to a roof. They may nest in the roof or chew on the shingles or flashing, causing leaks and other damage.
It's essential to keep an eye out for any signs of damage and address them promptly to prevent further problems. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning gutters and removing debris, can also help prevent damage to a roof.