When it comes to protecting your home, one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish is identifying roof problems. Being unable to spot problems right away can destroy your roof design. Dealing with roof problems is also associated with costs that can add up quickly. That is why getting quotes from multiple roofing contractors is important. They will be able to detect problems with your roof and offer the best solutions at different price points.
Since the roof of your home is one of its most important fixtures, it’s very important to deal with any issues the soonest possible to avoid further damage.
The importance of roof protection
Keeping your roof intact and well-repaired is not only pleasing to the eyes, but it will also keep the design vibrant and functional. Taking proper care will make it last longer, which can lessen the possibility of costly repairs. Also, it’s always wiser to have a regular maintenance because it is cost effective compared to a dysfunctional roof that needs (constant) repair.
Not only that, a damaged roof can also increase your heating and electric bills. This is due to the fact that heat can escape if the roof is not properly working as an insulator. When heat is being funneled outside, then you will require more heat inside.
Moreover, a damaged roof design is not only unpleasant to look at, it can also pose a threat to you and your family. You can become vulnerable, since your roof is your first defense against the elements of nature.
Possible damaging factors for roof design
There are several factors that can damage roof design such as hail and strong winds. Also, roofs are prone to deterioration that’s why it is so important to understand the signs to look out for and then taking a quick action to fix it right away.
Roof design problem
It is possible that the roof design itself can cause damage or problems. For example, a weak roof support structure that deflects under active load is already a damaging factor.
Other design problems to watch out for are:
- Improper roof slope
- Inadequate or dysfunctional drainage system
- Incompatible roof materials
Roof design problems, if not discovered early, are very expensive to correct. So make sure to check it while the roofing is undergoing.
Moisture due to inclement weather
Weather inclemencies can accelerate the deterioration of roof material. And this can pave the way for moisture to develop, which is one of the most common culprits of roof damage.
- Rain. Although, normal rainfall will not cause trouble directly, it can aggravate an already damaged roof. Also, when there’s a heavy downpour, it can impair the shingles if the granules were washed away.
- Hail. Depending on how large the hailstones are, there could be a visible punctures or a very small cracks that are difficult to see. Hail can knock off granules from the shingles, or damage the coating on the shingles.
- Ice or snow buildup can put stress on certain areas due to added weight. It can also lead to leakage and water intrusion.
Tough winds affects the corners and edges of your roof. It can even blow the shingles completely. It is best to look for any sign of damage after a storm and then repair it as soon as possible.
Trees and debris
Fallen tree branches, twigs, and leaves can accumulate on your roof and gutters. This can cause debris to pile up and moisten. When it happens, rotting of roof components is possible.
To avoid this, make sure to trim back trees and keep your roof free from debris.
Incorrect installation of flashing material may cause water to seep into the roof and penetrate the ceilings. Flashing material is also prone to deterioration, so make sure to check it regularly for any signs of damage.
While it’s practical and a good clean energy resource, installing a solar panel may cause stress to the roof rafters, and shingles. Improper installation of solar panels can cause water leaks. Thus, it’s very important to stick to the manufacturer’s instructions, or have a professional do the installation.
How to fight against these damaging factors
Lack of maintenance and failure to correct roof problems will destroy it. The best way to fight the above common damaging factors is prevention.
You can also do minor roof repairs, or for major repairs—it is recommended to hire a professional.
One example of DIY roof repair is using a roof tarp when dealing with water leaks. It can provide adequate protection for up to 90 days. However, the tarp is not aesthetically pleasing to look at, so it is still best to do the most appropriate repair for your roof design.
Lastly, make sure your roof is watertight. This is because the ability of your roof system to deflect water is the first protection against leaks and moisture damage.