It isn't always easy for the average homeowner to determine whether their roof is in need of a repair or replacement. Of course, your bank account desperately wants to repair, while your home may actually need a new roof over its head altogether. So how do you make the right decision?
Being aware of the types and causes of roof damage can help you get an idea of how much damage your
roof has sustained since its installation or last repair, helping to keep you and your home safer and more protected. Here are just a few of the most common causes of roof damage to look out for.
It may sound surprising, but it's true and virtually unavoidable. The sun can, and does, in fact, cause gradual damage to your roof's structural integrity. Prolonged sunlight exposure causes the materials of your roof to deteriorate. Roofs with a southern exposure are particularly at risk for this type of damage.
What's not so surprising is the damage that wind can cause to your roof. Not only can strong winds blow objects like branches directly into your home's roof, but it can cause materials to uplift and detach completely. Your shingles and flashing are especially vulnerable during wind storms.
"Large gusts or periods of sustained high winds can lift the edges of roof shingles and cause water or other unwanted elements to seep in underneath. From there, it can work its way to the deck of the roof and cause rotting," says Money Talks News.
While wind can cause plenty of damage in time, you should pay close attention to your roof after a particularly intense wind storm. Safely conduct a visual inspection of your roof, and keep a close eye out for leaks, missing shingles, or wet insulation in attics or crawl spaces.
A properly functioning roof should have no problem keeping out rain. If your roofing and shingles have sustained damage from any of the other elements listed here, condensation can quickly make matters worse. Nearly one in four homeowners (23%) admit they never inspect their roof or they only have it inspected if there is a problem, So make sure to consult professional roofing companies for an evaluation of the damage and determine if a roof replacement is necessary.
While ice and snow in Central Texas is either rare or lasts for short amounts of time, it can still cause roof damage. The melting and refreezing of snow and ice throughout winter can significantly damage your roof's overhang, shingles, fascia, soffits, and gutters. Under normal circumstances, your roof should be inspected once or twice a year, so make sure to properly prepare or replace your roof if it sustains this type of damage.
Ultimately, understanding the many causes of roof damage can help you keep your home protected. This knowledge will also help you recognize when a roof replacement or roof repair is necessary. For more information about wind, storm, and hail damage repair contact JAC Roofing and Exteriors in Waco.