By Brooke Chaplan
The roof on your home is the main structure standing between the elements and the interior of your property. Although your roof can become damaged by things such as high winds and hail, you might overlook other things that happen every day that can cause damage.
Watch out for these three common issues that can destroy your roof and lead to a need for repairs or a replacement:
Listen for the Sounds of Wildlife
A pest problem often indicates a roof problem. There are many types of critters that prefer to use roofs as an easy access point, and they often damage it in the process of trying to find their way into your attic. Rodents can chew through shingles and the sublayers of a roof, and birds can set up nests that can eventually begin to rot and cause issues. If the damage becomes substantial, you may find that the pest damage extends into the deeper parts of your roof, to the point that there are full holes leading into the other part of your home.
Eliminate Debris Collections
A fallen branch may alert you to check the roof immediately; however, you might not think much about lighter debris, such as twigs and leaves. Depending on the style of your roof, it's possible for debris to build up quickly.
Fall and spring are good times to contact a roofing company to inspect for damage from debris, such as leaves and blossoms that have begun to rot and break down the shingles. Clearing off the debris and making it less likely to build up in the future can help preserve your roof.
Check for Faulty Gutter Systems
You might be annoyed by looking over the gutter systems on your home, but the real problem may be what's happening on your roof. Once a gutter system becomes clogged, the water can begin to pool on the roof. This leads to issues such as shingle rot that damages the integrity of the roof. Cleaning out your gutters is the best way to make sure that water is always directed off of the roof and away from your property.
In each of these situations, roof damage can take some time before it becomes severe. Catching the problem now could save you from having to shell out the money for a full roof replacement. Make sure to schedule an inspection and make plans for maintenance so that the roof continues to shield your property from inclement weather.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She recommends looking into a reputable roofing company in your area. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more info, contact Chaplan via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan.