Making sure that your roof is in good condition is a very vital home maintenance duty. Once roof damage has been identified, it could lead to leaks which could potentially ruin your home interior. For this reason, it is important to ensure that your roof is free from any signs of damage. Some red flags are sagging, wet spots, cracking paint, wet insulation, and holes. If you have any of these signs, a repair should be done the soonest time possible in order to prevent further damage and higher repair costs.
Factors Contributing to Roof Damage
The weather can damage your roof in several ways. For instance, strong winds can fold your gutters and lift the shingles off your roof. All weather conditions contribute to roof damage. In fact, even the constant exposure of your roof to heat can be damaging. If an attic for example, doesn’t receive enough ventilation, rising hot air from the inside will push its way to and through the roof. Too much ice on your roof can clogged your gutters and downspouts, whereas, hailstorm can cause structural damage to the house. Furthermore, nearby fires can also melt tiles and other roofing materials.
Roof damage can also be attained from falling objects. This is the reason why tall trees adjacent to your home is not advisable. After a storm, if you see a branch on the ground, check the roof closest to where the branch was found. Inspect for any signs of roof damage. Be aware that minor damages may mean bigger problems. When a tree limb breaks and lands on your roof, it may also lead to unwanted deformity.
Earthquakes (high intensity or not) can cause roof damage as well. Often times, the damage results from the collapse of masonry chimneys. In addition, improperly built roofs such as those with too much weight may also lead to buckling during quakes.