Keep an Eagle’s Eye on Your Roof

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Anyone who has a roof over his or her head is a fortunate person, but no matter how strong your roof might be, all roofs are subjected to intense damage. Leaks form when weather damage is sustained over time, and certain spots become susceptible to holding water and ice. These spots can be so dangerous because if they are not spotted soon enough, mold and mildew will begin to grow, and over time, your roof can begin to rot. So keep an eye out for these problems, especially during the changing seasons.

However, weather is not your only enemy. There are a lot of little critters such as squirrels that are drawn to the warmth and protection of your roof. They find the smallest way into your house and wiggle their way through, building nests in the crevasses between the plywood and insulation. These scratchy little pests tear away the insulation and will begin shredding your rafters with their tiny claws. This causes structural problems as time goes by.

Nevertheless, the only way to defend against small animal damage is to assure that any small openings in your home are well sealed. Most people live in areas where rodent damage is not an issue, so let’s drift back to the main perpetrator – water.

Water is the biggest culprit of roof damage and it leaks in through many different avenues. The southern facing side of your roof gets the most sun exposure, and this weakens the shingles. If your roof has broken or cracked shingles, water will quickly begin to seep in. The water trickles through the roof and causes mold and mildew, destroying the structural integrity of your home.

Perhaps the largest access point for water is by way of leaks along joints. There are joints between the chimney and roof, and between sloped sections, where water easily weasels through. These areas can be difficult to defend against, so you’ll need to keep your eyes and ears open.

Now, flashing is a common part of roofing, used to seal the areas between the shingles and any structure that protrudes through the roof, such as a chimney. Flashing is crucial, but over time these spots become weak, and rain or melting ice will slowly find its way in. The important thing is to catch these leaks when they are small and easy to fix. If you wait too long, these leaks will get bigger and become a nightmare as it begins to damage your entire roof, right down to the rafters.

If you notice, hear, or spot any one of these problems, and they are beyond simple DIY repair, you will need to hire a roofing company or contractor. This is an important decision, so choose wisely. Make sure the roofing company is licensed and insured because it’s no secret that this can be a dangerous and pricy job. And when it comes to roofing, there is nothing more important than the safety and warmth of you and your loved ones.