Things That Endanger a Roof

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In order to keep your roof in good shape, it is imperative to know what to look out for.

Moss

Moss doesn’t have to be a problem. If your roof is properly maintained from the start, moss growth can be prevented. However, if the moss is left for a long time, it will seep in, damaging the shingles. In warmer climates, the moss can even separate the roof shingles!

Algae

Warm, humid summers can result in algae, especially on light-colored asphalt shingles. Algae can easily be taken care of – all you have to do is spray wash the roof with a mix of half water and half bleach.

Trees

To protect your roof, trees must be trimmed. Even if a branch is not touching your roof at all times, it should still be paid close attention to. On windy days, branches that touch the roof can result in a scratch, tear, or puncture, resulting in leaks. If there is a tree near your house and a strong storm comes in, a branch – or even the entire tree – may come crashing down, making a big hole and even possibly putting those inside the home in danger. Emergency roof repairs from tree damage can also be very expensive.

Insufficient Ventilation

Good air circulation is crucial for a strong roof. If there is poor ventilation, it is possible that mold, mildew, and rust may start to grow and develop on your roof.

Improper Roofing for Snow

Snow can do a great deal of damage on your roof. When snow gets too heavy on the roof, it will slide off very quickly in a “roof avalanche”. These can cause damage to any lower-level roofs, skylights, plumbing vents, and anything below, such as cars or even people! It is important to be sure your roof is able to handle snow, and consider having a snow guard installed to prevent these “roof avalanches”.

These tips can help you prevent damage to your roof, rather than having to repair it down the road. However, if your roof does have damage, we’ve got you covered.

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