Common problems that may be causing your roof to deteriorate.
Your home’s roof is constantly exposed to changing weather conditions and other hazards that can threaten its integrity. Weather, installation problems and general exposure are all potential culprits when it comes to a damaged roof.
- Every type of weather has an impact on your roof. A few common issues include:
- High winds that lift up shingles
- Rainwater seeping under shingles, causing mildew and rot
- Snow and ice accumulation, melting and refreezing, leading to ice dams that impair drainage
- Condensation during humid weather that encourages decay in the attic below
- Overhanging tree branches that rub on shingles and cause abrasion
- Damage from fallen tree limbs
- Growth of unsightly moss or algae, resulting in further moisture damage
- Damage to shingles from any extreme weather condition
Finally, there’s regular old wear and tear from exposure to all of these elements over the years. The roof faces more direct contact with the elements than other parts of your home, making it important to check for damage on a regular basis.
Problems with the roof structure may result from harsh weather, age, lack of adequate ventilation or improper installation. If the roof wasn’t designed to accommodate natural expansion and contraction or has a weak underlying structure, it could result in problems with drainage or bowing under heavy loads such as snowfall.
Anything that causes poor drainage can spell disaster for overall roof structure. Standing water leads to dampness which, over time, can cause roof materials to deteriorate. An uneven roof is often the culprit when it comes to accumulation of water and debris, though weather-related factors could be to blame as well.
Sometimes your roof just plain wears out from age. Old shingles are susceptible to splitting, tearing, cracking, peeling and curling while membrane roofs may blister or rip.
Maintaining Roof Integrity
The most important part of roof care—and the thing that will help prevent small problems from becoming big headaches—is regular roof maintenance. Neglecting your roof means that you won’t see damage until it rears its head in the form of costly repair bills. Other steps to take include installing proper ventilation in your attic to prevent dampness and condensation, and using the right kind of supports and flashing when installing antennas and other rooftop structures.
When your roof needs more care than you can give it, visit Interstate Roofing’s website here for a free estimate on the help you need. We’ll tackle any job from repairs to replacement in order to get your roof back in top shape and minimize future damage.