How to Protect Your Roof From Environmental Hazards

How to Protect Your Roof From Environmental Hazards
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    Maintaining a healthy roof is an essential part of keeping your home protected.

    Even a seemingly small leak in your roof can expose the interior of your home to excessive water damage.

    For this reason, it's important to keep a close eye on the condition of your roof.

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When you do notice a problem, having an experienced roofer repair the problem will save your home from suffering more extensive damage.

Get Regular Inspections

There are many conditions that can cause damage to your roof, which is why it’s necessary to schedule routine inspections of your home’s roof. An experienced wind damage roofer will know the signs of damage, and can more easily recognize when your roof needs service.

In addition to looking for damaged shingles, they will know how to evaluate the condition of the underlying roofing materials on your home. This will involve gaining access to your attic or crawl space to look at the rafters from the inside of your home.

When on the roof, they will also examine the condition of the flashing, chimney, gutters, and other fixtures on your roof. A thorough inspection should be done at least twice per year.

After any type of severe weather, such as heavy winds, rainfall, or snowfall, you should perform a visual check of your roof to look for damage.

Keep Trees Trimmed

Trees pose a special danger to any home when the branches grow too close to the roof. Unless trees are regularly trimmed, their branches can grow long enough to poke at the shingles on your roof.

This can cause gradual damage as the branches continue to grow. Tree branches that are growing too close to your home can also damage windows, siding, and gutters, so it’s important to keep them trimmed for a variety of reasons.

Additionally, tree branches that are too close to your roof can make it easier for pests to gain access to your roof, where they will nest and cause further damage.

Remove Snow

Another environmental hazard to your roof is the presence of snow and ice, so living in a northern climate will require more consistent roof care practices. Anytime your community experiences moderate to heavy snowfall, you should take steps to remove snow from your roof.

As snow builds up, it becomes too heavy for the support structure of your roof, and as a result, your roof will buckle. You should avoid walking on your roof for this same reason. Instead, use a roof rake or snow rake to pull snow off your roof.

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Don’t try to break up ice because this can cause damage to your shingles. Instead, use a telegraphing pole to pull as much loose snow off your roof as possible.

Keep Your Gutters Clean

You should be inspecting your gutters and cleaning them out once a week as well. As leaves, sticks, and other types of debris gather in your gutters, blockages will form and prevent the steady flow of rainwater.

This causes the water to back up and flow back onto your roof and the home’s siding, causing the damage that the gutters are designed to prevent. Additionally, the extra weight caused by debris in your gutters will lead to them pulling away from the house.

As the gutters pull away, your home’s siding and roofing materials will be damaged. Even if you have screens over your gutters, a weekly inspection will help you keep them in better condition.

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Watch For Moss Growth

Even if your shingles seem to be in good condition, there may be damage to your roof that isn’t easily discernible. However, water leaking into your roof will promote moss growth on your shingles as a result of the excessive moisture.

If you do find moss growth on your roof, be sure to contact a roofer as soon as possible. If there’s moss on your shingles, there’s likely water damage and mold on the underlying sections of your roof.

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You may even see signs of water damage in your attic or crawl space. Be sure to schedule service before this leads to a collapsing or bowing roof.

In general, a shingle roof should last you about 20 years, but that does require following these steps for proper care. When your roof is reaching that 20-year benchmark, you should plan on needing a new roof soon.

Even though you may not be experiencing roofing problems, an older roof will begin to fail within that age range. Budgeting for a new roof will help you act sooner to protect your home.

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