It’s raining outside and it’s dripping inside your house. Have you ever been in such a situation? Where you have to position buckets to catch the water beneath leaking areas in your ceiling? It does not have to be this way. This does not have to your lot every time there is a storm.
More than just allowing a few drops of rain water into your house, roof leaks are known to cause a lot of damage – weakened beams, rotten wood, ceiling stains, growth of mold… just to mention a few.
Here are five common causes of roof damage that you should know of so that you can take the necessary measures to make sure they do not cost you money in the long run.
When was the last time you checked your roof? Not inspecting and repairing your roof regularly (once or twice every year) will give room for minor issues to become major ones. Roof damage in its early stages can be repaired at little to no cost at all. Do not neglect your roof. If you are unable to carry out regular maintenance by yourself, you can bring in some professionals to do the job for you. Read more here.
Hail, rain and snow can cause a lot of damage to your roof. Hail pounds on your roof and weakens it. Snow adds both weight and moisture, which can be damaging. Alternatively, during the summer, the heat may cause drying and cracking of roof tiles or shingles. When it rains, the rainwater will begin to seep into these cracks. Winds are also hazardous to roofs as they can lift or loosen roofing materials.
When leaves, tree limbs, and other debris collect on a rooftop, they become water collection points. They may also create environments that are conducive for insects. They will also probably rot. All this can cause damage to your roof. Over and above this, they add unnecessary weight to the roof thus weakening it over time. Make sure you clear all debris from off your roof from time to time. Don’t allow trees to grow near your roof and spread their branches over it. Trim the branches and let there be some clearance from the edge of your roof to the branches. This will also make your roof inaccessible to animals, which are also a common cause of roof damage.
When the gutters of a roof are clogged up, rainwater cannot be drained from it and hence it collects and settles on the roof, resulting in rot and water damage. Water on the roof may also freeze thus creating ice dams which can destroy your roof over a period of time. One way to sort this is by installing gutter guards which prevent clogging.
Do you know how the neighbor’s cats like to play on your roof? Well, that is not the best thing. Depending on where you live, you may have different animals visiting your roof, for example, raccoons, rats, mice, bats, squirrels, birds, and cats. Depending on the nature of the animals and how long much time they spend on your roof, serious damage will be the most likely end result. Birds will build nests, squirrels may burrow into your roof, and so on. Keep an eye out for these visitors.
It can be very costly to fix or replace a roof. The wise thing to do would be to work at preventing or reducing the risk of damage to your roof. Your roof is your first line of defense against adverse external conditions. It is one of the most important components of a building. Take care of it so that it can take care of you.