3 Common Sources of Roof Damage & How To Prevent Them
To say that modern roofs are built to last would be putting it mildly. An asphalt shingle roof built by a reputable roofer can easily last for 30+ years without needing major repairs, and may even save you money in the long run by increasing the value and energy efficiency of your property in Catonsville, MD.
That being said, no structural element is indestructible. Accidents, improper use, and other problems can all cause your roof to become damaged. To help you keep your roof in great condition, we’ve prepared a list of the 3 most common causes of roof damage and provided some tips on how to protect your property against them. Read on.
What causes damage to roofs?
Age is the single most important factor when it comes to your roof’s health. Regular wear will eventually cause even the best roof in the world to exhibit various problems. If you’re not sure how old your roof is, refrain from performing any extensive repairs until you’ve had its age verified by a trusted roofing technician.
Here are the top 3 sources of roof damage and how to address them:
1. Harsh weather
Strong winds, heavy rainfall, ice and snow buildup, and hail can all cause damage to your shingles and the underlying structure. To be safe, schedule a professional roof inspection after severe storms and make sure any damages are promptly addressed.
Nesting birds, woodpeckers, squirrels, raccoons, bats, mice, and insects can all damage your roof by burrowing under shingles, dismantling fascia boards, and tearing off shingles and vent covers. If left unchecked, they will also cover your roof with organic debris (droppings, branches, leaves, etc.) that will accumulate moisture and turn acidic as it decomposes.
Here’s how to keep this from happening:
- Perform regular maintenance on your roof, especially the areas that are susceptible to critter damage (chimneys, gutters, vents, sheathing, etc.).
- Keep your trash bin away from your home, as it may attract animals and encourage them to nest on your roof.
- Regularly clean the gutters. This will discourage birds and other nesting animals from using your gutters as their new home.
3. Tree branches
Strong winds, heavy snow, or ice buildup can sometimes cause tree branches to break off and fall on your roof, damaging it. This is especially likely if the trees around your house have become brittle due to age or disease.
You should hire a professional to cut away any branches that hang above or close to your roof. Doing this will also make it much harder for critters such as squirrels to climb onto your roof.
Where can I book professional roofer services in Catonsville, MD, and other parts of the Mid-Atlantic?
For 18 years and counting, Nu Look Home Design has been supplying the good people of Catonsville and other communities throughout Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia with highly dependable roofing, solar, door, siding, window, and gutter services.
We offer customized, full-service solutions and 50-year warranties on new roof installations, as well as repair and adjustment services on any roof our team has installed. We’re well-known for our same-day estimates and fast turnover times.
With us in your corner, there’s no need to temporarily move out of your home for a roof replacement, as we’re able to complete most projects in just one day. Contact us today and enjoy a fun afternoon at the Retriever Activities Center with your family while we upgrade your home with a brand new roof.