Your roof is the first thing that protects your house from the harsh elements. Compromising the safety of your roof can not only leave your house without one but also risk your property losing any form of house architecture. With this in mind, it’s advisable to know what things can pose a danger to your roof so that you can protect it and know what to do when something goes wrong.
Here are five things especially capable of endangering your roof… Did you know about them?
Moss is evident in wet climates – and, not only is it somewhat of an eyesore, it can pose a risk to your roof as it weakens it. Moss grows slowly – so, if you notice the moss early enough, you can prevent any potential damage. As moss is soft to the touch, it soaks up water, so it can hugely contribute to water damage and softening your roof.
Unlike moss, algae appear during warm and humid weather. Though not as high-risk as moss, algae can still prove pretty harmful to your roof. A combination of moss and algae together can prove a serious problem, as they act like a sponge to hold water against your roof’s surface.
Water that soaks your roof will cause it to rot over time, and any water trapped between your roof tiles or shingles will freeze during the winter months, forcing those tiles or shingles apart and so creating an easy way of entry for moistures.
Though trees may be nice and beneficial for the environment, the same doesn’t apply to your roof. If you notice tree limbs hanging over your roof, be sure to act.
Otherwise, those limbs could too easily, in windy weather, scrape the roof and so strip it of its protective layer. If that protective layer is stripped, even just partially, your roof’s ability to reflect UV rays will be lost as well.
The sun may not seem like a suspect factor when it comes to the health of your roof, but it can actually prove to be your roof’s worst enemy. It’s important that your roof maintains its protective layer and ability to reflect UV layers, as those UV layers can cause your roof to deteriorate.
Radiation from the sun can lead your roof’s surface to heat up at an alarming rate – and, once night comes, that temperature is going to fall at what seems like a drastic rate. This decrease makes your roofing material expand and contract, resulting in cracking and alligatoring.
Ice and snow
Snow is not only wet but also heavy – making it, to your roof, more dangerous than rain. Indeed, snow can cause stress to the structure of your roof. Any icicles that hang from the sides or gutters of your roof add another burden.
With this in mind, carefully clear any snow that piles up, and be sure to break down any icicles that will form, as this help to minimise damage during winter – the most dangerous season for your roof.
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