Having a solid roof over the head instills a great sense of security in you. After all, the roofing system of your home or commercial building is its first line of defense against the elements, thieves, and other hazards.
To ensure that your roof continues to keep your property interiors protected, you must take care that the roofing system itself stays well-maintained and safe. It is essential for you, as the property owner, to not take the roof for granted and be aware of the hazards to which it is susceptible. These are:
The protective coating on the roof shingles gets destroyed by heavy rainfall and a strong hailstorm. Moisture from rain weakens the building’s structure if it seeps into the roof. Meanwhile, the pounding from hail can shorten the life of your roofing system significantly.
Roofing systems are generally built to withstand the harsh weather in the winters. However, snow accumulation and ice damming on the roof spell big trouble. The freezing/thawing cycle is also harmful as it lifts the shingles and creates a potential for leakage.
Strong wind can lift or blow off the shingles, exposing the underlayment. Your roof is likely to start leaking where the shingles are missing. Roof edges are more prone to wind damage, though it can happen in any part of the roofing system.
The excessive heat and UV rays of the sun can have quite a damaging impact on the roof shingles. Besides drying out and deteriorating, the shingles even fade away. So, the sun affects both aesthetics and functionality of the roof adversely.
Lichen and Moss
The growth of algae, moss, and lichen on the roof occurs due to moist and warm conditions. If not removed in time, the organic buildup leads to rot and structural damage to the roof.
Nesting birds, woodpeckers, bats, squirrels, mice, and raccoons are some pests that can destroy your roof. The shingles, vent covers, and fascia boards are often torn off by these critters while trying to get inside the building or seeking insects to feed on.
Leaves and twigs from overhanging tree branches tend to fall on the roof. These create places that trap moisture and promote mold growth. Your roof can also get damaged by a poking branch or a fallen limb (after breaking during a storm).
Pine needles, dirt, bird droppings, pest feces, etc., make up the other roof debris that accumulates to cause prolonged dampness of shingles, resulting in rotting of the roofing structure.
If you want to protect your roofing system from the issues mentioned above, get in touch with Tedrick’s Roofing today. We provide specialized roof maintenance services in and around Auburn, WA. Our experts will be happy to address your queries and concerns. Feel free to schedule a roof inspection. Call us at (206) 824-3440.