Dangers to a Roof: Hail, Trees, Moss, Algae, and Needles and Leaves
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A Roof Is a Vital Part of Your Home
It should come as know surprise when we say that your roof is the only thing which protects your house, your family and your personal belongings from the outside elements. For that reason, you don't want to compromise it and leave your home roofless and with no form of protection. With that being said, there are various factors that can pose a danger to your roof and every homeowner should know them. When you understand and are familiar with these factors, you can help better protect your roof AND you can be prepared for what to do if/when it happens.
Here Are Five Things That Can Endanger Your Roof:
You might think that as long as hail is in small sizes, your roof is okay, but that is not the case. Every strike of hail weakens the granules, so even if it doesn't destroy the roof at once, it will destroy it gradually without you noticing. Over time, the weak granules will start causing leakages and if you see that your roof is leaking, make sure to contact a roofing expert as soon as possible.
Trees are great for landscaping as well as for fresh air. However, they can be very detrimental to your roof especially if there are heavy rains, winds, and storm among other disasters which can cause the tree limbs to break. If the tree limbs do break, they could fall onto the roof thus causing the shingles to break and possibly even destroying the roof. So, make sure you monitor your tree(s) from time to time to make sure that it's not a danger to your home.
Moss is only evident in wet climates. It not only poses a risk to your roof by weakening it, but it also makes your roof look less attractive. The dangers of moss can, however, be prevented if the moss is noticed earlier enough to be treated. Contact a professional to get started!
Unlike moss, algae are evident during summer seasons. It's not as dangerous as the moss, but it can cause substantial damage to the roof if not well treated. To treat it, you just need to spray water in combination with a bleach designed to destroy the algae (but sure to ask a professional for proper treatment specifications).
Needles and Leaves
Leaves and needles will not damage your roof directly, but over time, they collect moisture which destroys shingles. When shingles become damaged, your roof could start leaking which is NEVER a good sign! A leaky roof should be evaluated and repaired as soon as possible.
The Information Above Was Found On roofadvisor.com