Causes of Roof Damage

Making sure that your roof is in good condition is a very vital home maintenance duty. Once roof damage has been identified, it could lead to leaks which could potentially ruin your home interior. For this reason, it is important to ensure that your roof is free from any signs of damage. Some red flags are sagging, wet spots, cracking paint, wet insulation, and holes. If you have any of these signs, a repair should be done the soonest time possible in order to prevent further damage and higher repair costs.

Factors Contributing to Roof Damage

The weather can damage your roof in several ways. For instance, strong winds can fold your gutters and lift the shingles off your roof. All weather conditions contribute to roof damage. In fact, even the constant exposure of your roof to heat can be damaging. If an attic for example, doesn’t receive enough ventilation, rising hot air from the inside will push its way to and through the roof. Too much ice on your roof can clogged your gutters and downspouts, whereas, hailstorm can cause structural damage to the house. Furthermore, nearby fires can also melt tiles and other roofing materials.

Roof damage can also be attained from falling objects. This is the reason why tall trees adjacent to your home is not advisable. After a storm, if you see a branch on the ground, check the roof closest to where the branch was found. Inspect for any signs of roof damage. Be aware that minor damages may mean bigger problems. When a tree limb breaks and lands on your roof, it may also lead to unwanted deformity.

Earthquakes (high intensity or not) can cause roof damage as well. Often times, the damage results from the collapse of masonry chimneys. In addition, improperly built roofs such as those with too much weight may also lead to buckling during quakes.

Signs of Roof Deterioration

Majority of houses up to this date are built with asphalt shingles. The asphalt tiles have a special coating (tiny granules) for UV protection. Bald tiles, holes in the tiles, cracks, and missing tiles all indicate roof damage. Moreover, large amount of tile granules seen in your gutters spells roof deterioration. If these signs are present, it’s definitely time for a thorough roof inspection.

On the other hand, cedar roof tiles can split especially during dry season. In regions where rainfall is frequent, moss can start growing on the tiles. Overall, natural roofing materials deteriorate at a more rapid rate as compared to the synthetic ones.

With all the facts presented, roof inspection should be done on a regular basis, at least once or twice a year. Make sure not only to inspect the exterior but the inside as well. Water stains for example on the inside certainly indicates a leak or probably an insulation that has been stripped away. If your roof sustained an extensive damage, re-roofing might be the best option for you.

Our team of experts can help you with a free roof inspection, and can also help you open a claim and negotiate with your insurance company if your roof is damaged. Call the 5280 Creative Construction Solutions team at 303-816-9285 or fill out our form now  and have someone call you.