Your roof is arguably the most important part of your entire home. While your foundation also plays a big role in the overall well-being of your house, the roof is what protects you from the elements and prevents the sun, rain, snow, and more from causing damage or making your home uncomfortable. But there are many things that could potentially put your roof into danger. Take a look at a few of them below.
High winds can tear or loosen your roof shingles, allowing water to enter your home when it rains. The next time you experience high winds, wait for the weather to clear, grab a pair of binoculars and check if the winds have left a mark on your roof. Keep an eye out for blown off or loose shingles.
Damage from hail isn’t as obvious as wind, but it’s still there. Hail damages your roof on impact, leaving dents and cracks that will get larger over time. To see if your roof was damaged during a hail storm, be sure to call a professional.
Do you have a tree growing directly over your home? You might appreciate the shade it provides, but tree branches can wreak havoc on a home if you aren’t careful. Outside of the fact that branches can fall off and damage your roof, they will also drop leaves on your roof which will need to be removed. If they aren’t, they could trap moisture on your roof and encourage algae, moss, mold, and more to grow.
Algae, moss, and mold
Speaking of algae, moss, and mold, these three things can grow on your roof and do damage to your shingles. They tend to grow in shady, moist areas, so you should do whatever you can to prevent water from building up on your roof. You should also attack algae, moss, and mold and get rid of them the first time you notice them growing. They can all grow and spread over time, and before long, you could have a very serious issue on your hands.
Snow and ice
As you might expect, snow and ice can cause issues with a roof. They can weigh it down and cause leaks. They can also harm your roof’s shingles. It’s why you should try to prevent ice and snow from building up. One way to do it is by making sure your attic has proper ventilation. By preventing your attic from becoming too warm or too cold, you can stop snow and ice from melting and freezing and causing ice dams, which can be very harmful to your roof.
You might not think your gutters have much to do with your roof, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Gutters are used to take water from a roof and carry it away from a home. If a gutter system isn’t working properly, though, water can back up and cause problems with your roof. They can also lead to ice dams forming in the winter. You should make sure you clear your gutters at least once or twice every year.
As you can see, there are many things that can put your roof into danger. To prevent them from doing permanent damage, you should have your roof inspected and repaired regularly. Roof Smith can take care of all your roofing needs. Call us at 806-622-9501 or 575-799-3120 today to get started!