You may feel secure in your roof’s ability to keep you and your family safe through storms and ‘the elements’. If you are responsible about your roof and see it for the investment it is then you probably have it inspected on a regular basis and have had or plan to have it repaired when needed. One of the best ways to avoid needing a major roof overhaul is to understand and be proactive about the elements that can cause major roof repair costs.
Just like with your family vehicle that requires oil changes and tune ups, your roof also requires maintenance. It’s one of the most common reasons why a roof encounters damage. If you have a roof that’s comprised of asphalt shingles you’ll want to have your roof inspected at least every three years. With title roofing that is extended to once every five years. Your inspection needs fall to the material which your roof is made of. Tile and other hardier materials won’t need as frequent inspections because they can hold up better over the years.
Although you may not think about the dangers of hail until it’s happening, hail can be incredibly damaging depending on the size. Shingles that are struck by hail can loosen and erode. A shingle is comprised of many different crushed elements in a granule form that covers the actual asphalt beneath. Once that is chipped away by hail it leaves the asphalt exposed to harmful UV rays which can further damage it and require replacement. Unfortunately with the unpredictability of hail you’ll notice that some parts of your roof are more worn than others after a serious storm because hail varies in size. There may be entire patches of your roof that need fixing while others remain largely unharmed.
Wind might not seem like a dangerous element but it has the ability to be one of the more powerful aspects to damage. Strong wind gusts can work their way under your shingling and rip them away from the roof. This can also leave exposed nails and other materials that can make your roof susceptible to leaking water and air. You don’t have to be scared of every wind gust that comes you way but when the wind really picks up in strong gusts it could cause damage. Normal well built roofs can withstand your average winds but if you notice after a windstorm that your roof is in need or repair, it’s best to fix now than wait for another weather event to make it worse. Keep an eye on the corners of your home where the shingles is looser and can be the first victim of major wind storms.
Heavy storms in general that include rains can be annoying for a broken roof. If you have a newer, strong roof you need not worry about rain. However, if you roof is older it can be prone to leaking so be sure to have it inspected regularly. Also, if you are doing any kind of repair work and know that the weather is going to turn: heavy tarping is your shield of defense! Be sure to cover all work areas with the protection of weighted down tarp. This will allow you work crew to continue uninterrupted and save a lot of needless headaches.
When people generally consider roof damage they either envision leaking or fallen tree branches. Either way, both scenarios are costly and stressful. There isn’t much you can do about trees around your home except to ensure that they are scaled and pruned to keep them from being too close to you home. Some people prefer the look of having trees over their home but it’s entirely the homeowner’s decision to scale them back. Trees that are too close to your home can work to scratch and damage your roofing. Fallen limbs can be even worse in terms of damage. It’s also not too fantastic when you gutters get jammed up with autumn leaves. To avoid pooling water and damage from gutter water you should have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year to remove debris.
Now that you have an idea of the common areas that cause damage to even the newest roofs you should be prepared to have your roof inspected at least once every three years. For peace of mind you can always have a roofing outfit inspect your roof following any heavy storms. This can keep you aware of spots that may need repair and keep you from shelling out big bucks if a problem goes unnoticed for too long. You can count on the professionals at California Roofing Pros to get the job done right. We have 40 years of roofing experience under our belts. Give us a call today if you would like to schedule a routine inspection, repair work or have an roofing emergency that can not wait (323) 870-9149