As we all know, roofs are among the most important components of any home. There is much for homeowners to savor in a strong roofing system – including protection, support, energy efficiency, and even an increase in property value. Though we may want our roofs to be consistently strong and to last forever, this isn’t always realistic, as roofs are susceptible to a multitude of threats and conditions. In today’s blog, we’ll be exploring the most prominent threats to your roofing system – if that sounds interesting, keep reading below for more information!
The Most Oustanding Threat: Trees
Though you may not think of trees as particularly destructive or menacing, when it comes to your roof, trees can really do a number on the structural integrity of your roof. In rare cases, all it can take is a hefty gust of wind or a prolonged storm to knock a tree down – and when the tree comes down – your roof may be the unfortunate landing zone. While most roofs are strong in their own right, they’re not exactly bulletproof, and can take a lot of damage from the likes of fallen trees. One way to curb damage from trees is to trim any branches that look threatening. In addition to this, routine cleaning of your roof can also help reduce long-term damage, as fallen leaves and pine needles can cause mold and even water damage.
Wintery Elements: Snow, Hail & Ice
Though winter elements such as snow may seem aesthetically pleasing, don’t savor the view for too long, as these conditions can wreak havoc on your roof if they are not responded to properly. Moderate dustings of snow, for example, are of no consequence to your roof, but more severe conditions such as heavy snow, ice, or hail, can easily weaken a compromised roofing system. Of course, the effect of these elements on your roof heavily depends on a number of factors, such as the materials your roof is made out of, its age, and other circumstances.
As if snow and ice weren’t menacing enough for your roof, ice dams represent another issue that comes in the winter months. Ice dams occur when snow melts at the top of a roof, becoming water that flows down and re-freezes towards the bottom – this effectively creates an ice-dam that prevents snow, ice, and even water from flowing off of your roof properly.
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