If you live in the Front Range, (or any of its outlying areas), it’s no secret that hail causes some major roof damage. So much so, that many roofing companies specialize in just hail damage. However, hail isn’t the only thing that can wreak havoc on your roof. Here are the top three other causes of roof damage.
- A Fallen Tree. Sounds strange doesn’t it? A tree causing damage to a roof? But when you consider that a tree weight can range from 2000 pounds for a fifty foot Pine to 20,000 pounds for an eighty foot Hardwood, it’s not hard to understand why roofing companies that specialize in fallen tree repair report tree branches that have pierced through both floors of a two story home. So what’s the best way to not get stuck with a branch through your roof? Inspect the trees around your home and remove any branches (or trees) that appear weakened or damaged.
- Debris buildup. Think cleaning your roof doesn’t matter? Think again. Debris buildup (such as fallen branches, leaves, and needles) act like mulch on your roof, trapping moisture underneath. And when moisture can’t be dissipated, it seeps into your roof’s structures, causing rot, mold, and mildew. Over time, this area of your roof becomes weaker and weaker, more susceptible to damage from storms, and more likely to leak. So what is the best way to prevent this? Simply make a habit of cleaning off your roof about as often as you change the oil in your car (every two to three months).
- Backed up gutters and downspouts. Every roof needs a way to allow water to run off. But when gutters and downspouts are clogged, water on your roof has nowhere to go and becomes trapped against your roof. The result? Water backing up and seeping into the edges of your roof. What this leads to is the same thing as water caught under debris – rot, mold, mildew and leaks. So as often as you clean your roof, check your gutters and downspouts and make sure they are clear so water can go where it is supposed to go – off your roof.
Protecting your roof isn’t just about repairing the large damage that storms can cause, but also taking preventative measures to insure that nothing else – especially something you might’ve overlooked – causes damage to your roof.
This article was brought to you by ASAP Roofing, a national leader in roofing restoration, hail damage, and exceptional customer service. ASAP has offices in Denver, Colorado, Dallas, Texas, and Indianapolis, Indiana.