Your roof is definitely one of the most important parts of your house as it is the one that directly protects you from the harsh weather elements. However, are you doing enough to give back and protect your roof? There are many things that can damage our roofs, and although it may take several years before any true damage is observed, it is always best to spot and fix any problem that contributes to your roofs deterioration.
Heat, Water, and Wind
Water is one of the roofs biggest enemies. When water finds its way into the shingles and into the deck, it can cause the deck to get wet and rot. This wet environment also encourages the growth and development of mold and mildew which can spread really quickly all over your roof and eventually the house. Wind is another enemy of roofs. Strong winds can potentially lift the shakes and shingles and other roofing materials and loosening them. On the other hand, the ultraviolet rays from the sun can further hasten the deterioration of roofing materials.
Tree limbs that brush the roof can damage the shingles and shakes when they get stuck in between them. If the wind is strong, the tree limbs can loosen and lift the shingles and other roofing materials they are caught in.
Moss and Algae
Moss and algae grows on wooden roofing materials like wood shakes and shingles. Their growth is stimulated by moisture trapped in the wood and poor sunlight. When moss and algae start growing, they will hold more moisture and further damage the roof.
Condensation results from the moisture-rich air inside attics which are improperly ventilated. This moisture condenses and stick to the roof and thus destroy it over time, much like the effect of water mentioned above.
Repairing and changing your roof can be a very expensive investment. To avoid having to spend for this, it is best to protect your roof early on. Doing so ensures that you’ll have a roof over your heads for many years to come.