Since your roof is mostly out of sight, it's easy to forget about the dangers your roof faces in different seasons of the year. Your roof is always exposed to the elements while it protects your home and family. Some dangers are worse than others, although all types of roof damage should be repaired promptly. Here are three hazards your roof faces that can lead to roof damage and leaking.
1. Sun Exposure
The sun is hard on an asphalt shingle roof. Shingles are coated with granules that protect the asphalt from deterioration, but the granules wear off due to age, storms, foot traffic, and tree branches swaying against the roof. When granules wear off, the shingles are easier to crack and damage, and the risk of leaking increases.
The sun can also damage the roof due to solar warming. This happens when your attic doesn't have enough ventilation and the underside of the roof heats up as the attic gets hot. A roofing contractor can help with this problem by installing a better ventilation system in your attic.
2. Hail Damage
Storms are a serious threat for your roof. Driving rain and strong wind might cause damage to the shingles. Asphalt roofs are made to withstand strong wind and rain, but they are more vulnerable to impacts from hail. Hail causes granule loss that speeds up the deterioration of your roof. Hail can also crack the shingles and lead to roof leaks.
Hail strikes may not cause a roof to leak right away, but you might have to replace your entire roof after a hail storm just to prevent future roof leaking. It's good to let a roofer check your roof after it's been hit by hail so the damage can be assessed and repairs done before the roof starts leaking.
3. Pest Invasion
Animals of all kinds can get on your roof. Birds, rats, squirrels, and raccoons can get on your roof easily when they have something to climb, like a nearby tree. Some animals can even climb up the side of your house and chew on the overhang of your roof. Birds may seem innocent, but they can cause damage to shingles because of their acidic droppings. Woodpeckers might even cause damage by pecking holes in the wood of your roof.
Mammals are very destructive when they decide they want inside your attic. Rats can gnaw through the wood and leave small holes behind. A big raccoon might tear up shingles and gnaw out a big hole that allows other pests and rain to get in your attic.
If your attic or roof is infested with bees, carpenter ants, termites, bats, or other pests, you may need to call a pest control professional for help and then call a roofing contractor to make repairs before other animals find the entry holes.
For more information, contact a roofing contractor such as Toth Roofing today.