The broad surface of your home's roof is necessary to create safety and security for your family, furnishings, and possessions. But its sheer size also makes it more vulnerable to damage from the same natural occurrences that it shelters your family from.
In fact, nature can be one of the biggest threats to the condition of any roof and homeowners must be alert to the signs of wear that nature creates. If you are wondering what nature might be doing to your roof, this information will help you more easily recognize and deal with any developing repair issues.
1. Address Trees Debris
If there are one or more trees located near your home; leaves, branches, acorns, and other natural debris that falls from them is likely to land on the roof. If the design of the roof contains valleys or gently sloped areas, these organic materials often settle into these areas and begin to accumulate. If debris is not regularly removed, these areas will begin to soak up moisture from rain and begin to react like organic materials in a compost bin. Layers of damp organic matter create heat as they go through the composting process. As the humid layers deepen, moss growth occurs.
Over time, the moisture captured in the mossy layers will begin to seep deeper, down below the edges of the shingles to reach the sheathing below. This occurs even faster during periods when temperatures allow the moisture to freeze at night and thaw during the day. The moisture slowly saturates the sheathing, causing leaks to form inside the structure. In addition to leaks, this type of natural damage will increase the chances of mold and other humidity issues to occur inside the home.
Cleaning away any leaves, moss, and debris from the roof on a regular basis is the best way to prevent this type of problem from occurring. However, if the layers of debris are substantial, the roofing materials may already be too soft or damaged. In this situation, contact a roofing contractor to carefully remove the debris and examine the roof covering for signs of damage is a good idea.
2. Remove Fallen Limbs
Another problem with trees is the threat of being struck with fallen limbs during windy conditions or storms. While the impact of the falling limb might not leave a visible mark, it can often cause tiny cracks and punctures in the surface of shingles. As time passes, these tiny cracks and punctures begin to allow moisture to seep through, resulting in the formation of a leak. Homeowners who find limbs on their roof or the ground near their home after high winds or storms have occurred should consider having their roof professionally examined for any sign of damage that may have occurred.
3. Deal With Extra Sunshine
Another natural problem for roofing shingles is constant exposure to sunshine. In addition to fading and discoloration, constant exposure to hot sunshine can soften the surfaces of shingles and hasten the shedding of the protective granules embedded in their surface. Constant exposure to sunshine also causes roofing shingles to become more brittle. When this occurs, they can be more easily torn or damaged by winds that they once would have easily withstood.
If your home is situated where one side or area of the roof receives much more sunshine than another, you'll likely see clear visual signs of uneven wear. Homeowners who note any sign of natural or other damage to their home's roof should consider speaking with local roofing companies such as JCB Roofing to see if repairs or replacement are necessary.