Roofs can be damaged in a myriad of ways. However, most of these are extremely rare occurrences that you shouldn’t waste any brainpower on, such as lightning strikes and wild animals. That is why we have made a list of the top three most common residential roofing threats that are worth the attention of homeowners.
Moisture comes in many forms. Those include, but are not limited to snow, ice, hail, rain, mist, and humidity. If moisture collects inside or on your roof, it can slowly disintegrate the roofing materials.
One way to address moisture is with water-resistant materials. Shingles made out of clay, concrete, and metal each provide a secure barrier against moisture. These materials are also tremendous at preventing fire damage.
Another solution is to be vigilant about cracks and holes. Preventing water from seeping inside the home will protect you against the headache that rot, mildew, and mold will cause you. If you suspect your home has leaks, here is a helpful guide to diagnosing and solving the problem.
It is easy to dismiss moss as an innocuous problem. Some people might even like the fuzzy green aesthetic it provides. But, if there is moss growing on your roof, it is a sign of more significant structural problems.
Moss prefers to grow in a damp, moist climate, which is the last thing that you want your shingles to be. As moss grows, it will eat away at the shingles and start developing in cracks and crevices. While moss doesn’t mean you need to get a new roof, you should take the time to use copper or zinc strip solutions to prevent their infestation.
As we’ve discussed, there are numerous climate conditions that can damage your roof. None of them pack the same demolishing capacities that trees do. The worst-case scenario is that a large tree falls on your roof, but even other subtle cases can lead to substantial damage.
Overhanging branches can induce unnecessary wear and tear. The leaves, twigs, acorns, and other debris that falls from these branches can accumulate in your drains, leading to clogs. The best solution is to trim any lingering branches near your property, mitigating the potential risk of damage in case of an unexpected storm as well as lessening the accumulation of debris.
There are countless ways your roof may be under attack. Conducting regular maintenance and roof repair is the best tool you have as a homeowner to minimize potential harms. Whether its sealing cracks to eliminate moisture or to scrap away moss, these proactive strategies will help extend the life of your roof.
If you are worried about potential damage to your roof, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Saafeld Construction Roofing. We have been the go-to name in roofing maintenance and repairs for homeowners in and around Omaha. If you have any questions or inquiries, contact us today.