It does not take a roofing expert to know that weather is the main existential threat to a roof. Most roofing materials are constantly at risk of getting blown off by powerful winds. The sun’s capacity for destruction is twofold: solar heat and ultraviolet radiation. Any form of precipitation, from rain to hail to snow, is damaging in its own right.
Experienced residential and commercial roofers, including WestPro, are aware that the weather is not the only thing affecting roof longevity. Below are the other factors that should be considered:
1. Botched Installation
Poor workmanship can negatively impact the structural integrity of a roof right after installation. That is why you should hire the most qualified crew for the job. Look for a certification like the GAF Master Elite® certification to separate the best roofers from the rest.
2. Improper Maintenance
Most roof problems start small, and they worsen only when ignored. Get your roofing system professionally inspected routinely even when you do not notice any red flags. Some issues may not seem apparent to someone without a trained eye. Let a pro identify issues early on that warrant repairs.
3. Ice Damming
Ice dams happen when your attic is too hot due to improper ventilation, inadequate insulation or both. Ice damming is damaging because it causes moisture infiltration, potentially causing moisture issues with your insulation. This worsens any existing roofing issues you have.
4. Tree-Inflicted Abrasion
Overhanging trees can bruise asphalt shingles, dislodging their protective granules in the process. Bald shingles deteriorate much faster.
Wildlife nesting can result in premature roof replacement. Bird nests clog gutters, squirrels dig holes in roofs, and insects can also cause damage.
6. Dead Foliage
Debris buildup in the gutters and downspouts can compromise your roof’s drainage system. Decomposing leaves can lead to moisture accumulation, which is bad news for asphalt shingles.