While it’s true that your roof can last for many years, external factors can damage your roof and shorten its life span. As a homeowner, it’s important for you to schedule inspections with a professional roofing company to keep your roof in good condition and head off any potential issues that may compromise its weather performance and structural integrity.
American Roofing & Construction, LLC explains how you can deal with the three greatest threats to your roof.
1. Water Damage
Water is the biggest enemy of your roof. In the event of a rainstorm, a sturdy, well-designed roof should be able to eliminate rainwater properly from your property. However, water can collect if leaves have gathered in your roof’s valleys. Drainage issues can erode your roofing materials and cause leaks. As such, you should clean your roof and gutters to prevent water blockages and clogging.
2. UV Radiation
Residential roofing systems can be affected by the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. Together with the sun’s heat, UV rays cause the oils of the asphalt shingles to dry. In turn, the roofing materials start to show signs of deterioration, including cracking, buckling and splitting. While damage is a normal part of the roof’s aging process, you must watch out for these signs if they happen only a few years after installation. Your roofer may recommend having materials replaced, especially if the asphalt shingles are of low quality.
3. Trees and Animals
Trees are great additions to your property, but branches and leaves can pose a threat to your roof. They can clog your gutters or scrape shingles if the wind blows them against the roof’s surface. Moreover, trees also serve as the primary homes of many animals such as squirrels and raccoons. These animals can nest on your roof or leave behind debris. Thus, it’s best to trim your trees regularly and schedule health inspections from a qualified arborist.
Turn to American Roofing & Construction, LLC for your storm damage roof repair and replacement needs. For Mobile, AL, homeowners, call us today at (251) 379-9712, while for Birmingham, AL, homeowners, call (205) 223-2469. You can also fill out our online contact form for a free estimate.