Roof damage happens, but it doesn’t have to threaten the overall functionality of this part of your home’s structure. The best way to keep your roof in good shape is to understand common reasons why your roof could sustain lasting damage and know how to mitigate these issues.
1. Faulty gutters—When was the last time you cleaned out or fixed your gutters? Your gutters keep water from pooling on top of your roof and causing moisture damage, so help your roof out by keeping an eye on them.
2. Walking on your roof—You may need to walk on your roof to get something off or even to hang up holiday lights. When you do this, you could accidentally puncture your roof or erode shingle granules responsible for strengthening your roofline.
3. Aging shingles—The older your roof is, the more likely it will sustain damage when a big storm blows through.
4. Water and colder temperatures—In North Carolina, you don’t have to worry about ice dams very often, but even short spurts of freezing weather and hail can cause severe damage to our roof.
5. Lack of repairs—When your roof sustains damage and you put off fixing it, you could end up with even greater damage to your roof over time.
7. Wind and storms—Thunderstorms and high winds can put your roof to the test. Get an inspection done after every major storm to check for any hidden damage.
8. Trees—Trees and your roof don’t get along. Trim branches back from your roof to prevent damage, and if a tree happens to fall on your roof during a storm, get it removed right away.