Three Causes Of Recurring Physical Damage To Your Roof
There are several things that can cause recurring damage to your roof even when you try to take good care of it. Insects and rodents, nearby trees, and even moss growth can contribute to everything from scratches to missing shingles to water damage. Here's what to look out for.
Pests of all sorts can cause damage to your roof, especially if they are left alone for too long. Wood-boring creatures and other insects can cause damage to your underlying roof structure while rodents can damage the roofing material itself by walking across it, gnawing or clawing at it, or pulling it up to use in their nests.
Pests that can't fly often gain access to your roof via something nearby that acts as a bridge to either the roof itself or a wall or fence close by. If they're living in your roof or attic area, this can also give them easy access to it. If you think you have a pest issue, it's a good idea to call for an exterminator before you have your roof repaired.
When trees start to grow too large, their branches and leaves can drag against your walls and roof. Even if they only appear to touch it lightly, this contact can easily wear down your roofing material quickly. Further, trees can also leave debris that can damage your roofing material, especially anything like sap that can stick to and corrode shingles or clay and start to impede water flow.
Trees can be the cause even if they don't immediately appear to be touching your roof, as high winds and storms can cause them to bend more than usual or brush harder against your roof. In cases like these, keeping any plant life near your house regularly trimmed is the best way to avoid roof damage.
Moss growth may not look dangerous, but it has the capability of not only damaging your roof but contributing to water damage inside your home.
One of the biggest problems with moss is that its root-like structure, called rhizoids, can start growing underneath shingles and pushing them up, allowing water underneath. Moss can also hold water rather than letting it flow downward. Combined, these two factors make it very easy for water damage to start occurring.
A roof with plenty of mold growth may need to be replaced if the damage is severe enough, but your roofers can also help you take preventative measures by installing zinc strips; when it rains, zinc will run down your roof, killing any moss growth that may have started again.
Reach out to a company like Commercial Solutions, Inc. to learn more.