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7 things that will damage your roof

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Top roof wreckers

Unless a problem arrises, we usually don’t give our roof a second thought. It is however one of the most important components of your home. It is the cover, the lid, the overall protector of you home from the winter weather, the wet spring weather, the windy autumn and the heat of the summer sun.

Here are some things to think about when you think about your roof:

Algae and moss

Left unattended, algae and moss can cause your shingles to rot and deteriorate.

Condensation

Water is the main culprit to your home’s roof long-lastingness.

Ice and snow

Winter is rough on roofs. It is the freeze-thaw cycle that most hurts roofs. Water finds it way under shingles and through roof boards damaging both the interior and the exterior of your roof.

Rain

Hard rain pounding down on your roof weakens the shingles and shortens the lifespan of your roof.

Trees

Branches from trees can break and fall causing damage to the roof. Branches overhanging the roof can rub against the roof when it is windy.

Sun

During the hot summer months, your roof dries out and this is hard on the shingles. They become hard and brittle.

Wind

A heavy wind can cause shingles to beak apart and blow off. This in turn allows moisture and rain to come through causing further damage to your roof.

 

Roof care and repair

A critical factor to add years to your roof’s life is proper ventilation. Allowing proper airflow in the attic helps prevent damage caused by many of the items above. Proper ventilation also reduces energy consumption.

 

Conclusion

New roofs are expensive. Stretching the lifetime of your roof by three, five or even seven years can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.




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