Inspecting Your McKinney Home for Roof Damage


The roof of a house has a minimum life expectancy of about twenty years. In that span of time, it will be exposed to many possibilities of damage. These may be due in part from improper installation or inferior materials during construction. From that point on, any number of environmental or pest invasion issues may arise. A thorough annual inspection can ward off small issues from becoming more extensive repairs. Acute problems may be noticed after a storm. A leak detected in the house could be difficult to identify, as the water may enter at a different location than its exit from a ceiling. In any case, a professional roofing contractor is the best fit for determining damage, cause, and repair.

In the area of, and around McKinney, the most common causes of damage are from storms and pests. Storms create issues from wind, hail, and heavy rain. Pests in this region may include insects, birds, and squirrels. The high temperatures in this climate can create damage to the surface and from below with an overheated attic. Good attention to proper ventilation will impede further issues from the latter. Any damage from a storm, however minute at the time, can lead to far greater concerns in the future. Long term water damage can result from shingle issues to flashing impairment.

Shingles can be marred from many sources. Hail can break these, and remove areas of the granules on the surface. These will result in leaks, or a shorter term of life for the roof. Wind can get under loose edges and lift shingles either singly, or in large sections. A shingle that lies back down, but is now loose can lead to water damage later as the adhesive has been compromised. Searing heat from above or below will create the tendency for the shingles to curl upward from the bottom and the sides. Debris from trees or birds will deteriorate over time, which will attack the components of the shingle. Popped nails will generate a path for water to enter the house below. The growth of moss in shady areas can organically destroy shingles also. Falling branches can damage a surface, with larger ones and whole trees creating extensive repairs.

Flashing, skylights, gutters, vents, and structural underlay of the roof can suffer from many causes. Any leak from the previously mentioned items, or any other cause can lead to other structural damage. Wood that is softened from hydration allows better access for insect infestation. If wood is allowed to get wet, and stay wet over long periods, it will lose its strength. A contractor will best determine the cause and origin of soft spots. Squirrels nesting in, or near homes may contribute to the destruction of flashing or vents. It is possible that they chew on both lead and aluminum to maintain their fast growing teeth. These metals have a sweet, attractive flavor to this rodent.

A quality roofing contractor should be the line of attack for any type, cause, or issue related to roof damage. Let them best determine a suitable repair or replacement option.