The roof of your home is a vital layer covering and protecting your house. However, most homeowners only pay close attention to their roofing system once serious damage or issues have already occurred.
We believe that it’s important to be aware of the things that can cause roof problems and to be prepared to address them immediately. That said, here are the greatest roof threats that you must be careful of.
Wind and Debris
Wind and windborne debris are common causes of roof damage. After a bad weather event, you might notice some of the shingles lifted on the side where the direction of the wind blew or others may have been blown off from the roof. If this happens, consult a professional roofer as soon as possible to prevent bigger issues.
Gutters and Downspouts
If these components of your roof are not regularly maintained, they can become a threat to the entire system’s health and stability. Clogs prevent your gutters from functioning properly. During a heavy downpour, water could seep through your roof and the rest of your home’s exterior and cause significant damage. To stay on top of these possible gutter and downspout issues, regularly get rid of dead leaves and twigs in your gutters.
Ice and Snow
These elements create serious problems for your roofing system. The frequent appearance of snow on your roof can cause leaks, which can eventually lead to worse damage. Typically resulting from inadequate roof ventilation, ice dams can also be a threat to your roofing system. Call your roofing contractor right away to check and repair leaks and ensure your attic has enough vents to promote air circulation.
When exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, your roofing materials will eventually degrade and begin to buckle. This is a sign that you need to have these components replaced promptly to save your roof from more severe damage.
A variety of unwanted animals like bats and mice may nest on your roof and cause serious damage to your home’s protective layer. They can tear away the shingles and even chew through the walls of your home.
Do you need expert help in fighting your roof’s biggest enemies? Let our professional team at Gresham Roofing and Construction assist you in protecting your roof. To schedule a consultation or request a roof estimate, connect with us at (503) 492-7663, or fill out our contact form.