Roofs are expected to last for several years. However, some factors can cause early deterioration and shorten the life of your roof.
In this post, M&A Exterior Home Improvement discusses the most common causes of roof damage.
Gutters direct water away from your roof and house, keeping your property safe from moisture-related damage. Cleaning and maintaining your gutters regularly ensure they remain efficient and clog-free. When your gutters malfunction, the risk of water damage in various parts of your home increases. Rainwater could back up to the roof and reach areas where there shouldn’t be water, such as your basement and yard.
Ice and Snow
Ice forms whenever the temperature falls below freezing. It can cause significant damage to your shingles, especially when it melts. Snowmelt exposes your shingles to water for an extended period. It can also refreeze at the roof edges, forming ice dams.
Nearby Trees, Leaves and Debris
Are there trees surrounding your property? Although leaves, twigs and pine needles are more commonly associated with clogged gutters, they can cause damage to your roof as well. Fallen leaves and debris can get into crevices and trap moisture, causing shingles and framing components to deteriorate.
Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation can damage asphalt shingles or cause them to deteriorate early. This is why asphalt shingles have granules on the surface. Aside from giving color to the shingles, these granules also protect your roof from UV rays. UV radiation can also cause the outer coating of metal roofs to deteriorate. Fortunately, reflective coatings can help mitigate its effects.
Are you looking for experts to install your new roof? Turn to M&A Exterior Home Improvement for excellent roofing solutions. Learn more about our services by calling (757) 779-5244 or filling out our online form. Our team is always ready to help with various roofing projects!