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The Top 5 Causes of Roof Damage

Winter is coming. And with it, rain, snow, and hail, which means the possibility for leaks and damage is higher. And with roof damage comes leaks and damage to the inside of your home.

Of course, if you haven’t prepared you could find yourself in trouble. Here are some of the most common and most devastating causes of roof damage and how you can be proactive to keep your home safe.

1. Hail Damage to Roof

Hail damage to roofs costs home and business owners billions each year in roof repairs. This is because hail is one of the rarer weather events annually and thus most shingle-based roofs aren’t built to withstand these sharp ice balls.

If you live in an area that experiences hail on a regular basis, it’s best to check your roof for damage after each hail season to ensure there are no missing shingles or damage to your roof.

2. Wind and Stormy Weather Damage

Wind damage is another major contributor to roof damage. Be this from large storms, tornadoes, or hurricane damage, it’s important to check your roof after these major events.

Wind doesn’t damage your shingles, so much as it just rips them clean off. If you notice that shingles are missing atop your roof, get them repaired and replace them immediately.

Tropical storms are a contributor to roofs needing replacement too. Frequent, heavy rainfall can degrade the roof and will eventually result in leaks.

3. Age and Decay

Perhaps the most common reason that roofs need to be repaired is simply due to old age. On average, a shingle roof lasts only 15-25 years.

Tile and slate roofs last over 50 years but need some tiles and slate pieces replaced every few years if they become cracked or damaged. Cement roofs sit somewhere in the middle, often lasting around 30 years.

If your roof hasn’t had regular maintenance and tile repair, expect it to wear out and need a full replacement sooner.

4. Heat Damage

If this is a surprise, you don’t live in places that top 100 degrees on a normal Summer day. That’s because in states with high heat and UV light roofs deteriorate faster than places with mild weather.

To prevent added stress to the roof, ventilating and insulating your attic will help.

5. Walking on the Roof

To no one’s surprise, the more you walk atop your roof, the more you wear at the shingles. If you find yourself regularly putting up or taking down decorations, this is for you.

Try and minimize contact with your roof. A few times a year won’t hurt. But regular use will shorten your roof’s lifespan.

Causes of Roof Damage

Now you know some of the most common causes of roof damage. Despite the pain, frustration, and cost associated with installing a new roof, it’s important to do it.

If your roof is at the beginning or middle of its life, make sure to check on it seasonally to ensure leaks or damage haven’t occurred. And make sure to check after any large storm.

If you do this, clear out debris, and ensure that water isn’t pooling anywhere, then your roof will continue to serve its function for the duration of its life.

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