Roof damage can come from many different sources. However, it is common for homeowners to have a limited understanding about the numerous causes of roof damage that their roof will face. Learning more about the routine threats that will be faced by your roof can give you the insight and knowledge necessary to prevent common problems from causing serious damage to your home.
Small Animals & Insects
The weather can be one of the more common sources of damage to a roof. However, it is also possible for small animals and insects to cause serious harm to your roof. Squirrels and birds can damage the roof by chewing on the roofing material to get supplies for a nest. Insects may actually consume parts of the roof. If you do not stop these pests, you will find that your roof will require major repairs or replacement.
You can protect your roof from these threats by having it regularly treated with pesticides. Ideally, you will want to have these substances applied at the start of each spring as this is when these pests are likely to be the most active, and this will ensure that your roof is protected throughout the warm months.
It may seem odd that the roof could suffer damage from intense heat. However, it can be possible for extremely high temperatures to cause the asphalt shingles or rubber on the roof to develop blisters. These weak points in the roof can allow water to leak under it. Luckily, it can be fairly simple for you to reduce the temperature of the roof during the hottest times of the year. This is done through the application of a reflective coating to it. Once this coating has been applied, much of the most intense light and heat from the sun will be reflected.
Shingle & Support Rot
Rot is another major potential problem for any type of roof. Regardless of the material used for the exterior, there are likely to be important wooden structural supports. If these wooden components are allowed to develop rot, the roof may start to sag, leak or completely collapse. Due to the difficulty of finding this rot until it has become severe, you will need to have the roof professionally inspected.
A roofing contractor will have the training, experience and tools needed to reach the more difficult areas of the roof. While you may be able to do a surface inspection for rot, you might miss some areas of the roof, but hiring a roofing technician to perform this inspection will allow you to be sure that your entire roof was inspected for this potentially serious problem.