Since you live in a house with a roof, you know what roofs are and why they are oh-so-important. Just like every portion of the house, roofs need utmost maintenance and fixing from time to time.
Once you see that a part of your roof is harshly damaged, you have to be alarmed. Make sure that you act on the issue earlier than later so as to save roof repair costs. You can even reduce and eliminate the risks of roof leaks and electrical and structural damage to your house if you immediately take action. If things get worse before you move, you will have a bigger problem that might make you regret chilling while the roof is leaking.
In this piece, you will learn about three different damages that can happen to your roofs due to wrong maintenance or the lack thereof and due to wear and tear. Knowing these is significant to help you know what roof issue to look for and at in order to fix it properly.
1 – Cracks, Holes and Crevices
Cracks, holes and crevices are one of the things people usually don’t look at as anything too bothersome to repair right away as they look quite normal and can be seen on lots of houses. But of course, it’s better for you to do something about these roof fractures now rather than later where it would cause worse problems.
Cracks can be caused by thermal shock if the climate in your area changes abruptly so that the stress inside your roof breaks through it. They can also be the result of poor installation of the roofs. An unbalanced portion of the roof would likely break because its weight is not distributed enough properly. There’s also the fact that falling debris from wind can also break parts of them, weakening them.
There are even times when people who repair the roofs themselves can step on a wrong part of the roof, which can leave depressions which will likely turn into cracks, giving further instability, vulnerability to weather, and more. These people are not trained and knowledgeable enough to know that improperly stepping and walking on the roof can actually cause the roof to deteriorate quickly.
So with that being said, keenly watch your roof for cracks, holes and crevices and if you do find them, contact the appropriate roof repair expert to have it patched up in no time. It’s going to save you more than if you leave it in that condition as it may turn worse, thus increasing roof repair costs.
2 – Damage from Humidity
Humid conditions and water are the bane of all things related to preservation. It is very important in life, don’t get this wrong, but it is also a very damaging substance if left inappropriately unnoticed. Water is just really what bacteria and microorganisms love to hang out in, causing myriads of problems.
Water promotes growth of molds and bacteria and can destroy foundations, weaken wooden fibers, make things smelly, degrade rock, increase cracks that were initially small, and a load of other things that can give you a really bad time in repairing your roofs.
That’s why you need to make sure that the seal that your roof has MUST always be kept in great condition through regular maintenance to stave off all of those roof repair problems.
3 – Ice Damage
If you live in an area where it snows and has very cold weather conditions, then you would probably know how much ice damages roofs. As water goes inside the little crevices in certain parts of the roof, there is a great possibility of it freezing and weakening your roof’s structural integrity.
As all know, when water freezes, they expand in volume. This can push away all the things that are obstructing it, and that can be a problem for tight spaces. Imagine your shingles suddenly get frozen in its crevices, and the spaces in between your shingles will increase, and once that water melts, you are guaranteed to have a loose and broken shingle.
Not just shingles, the nails, screws and the spaces they have can also be prone to getting expanded due to freezing. Freezing roof materials just in general can make them very fragile and prone to breakage, so that’s totally not pleasant. This problem is actually almost impossible to deal with besides quality maintenance and replacing your roof unless you have a temperature resistant roof.
There you have these three types of damages that your roof can get victimized by, which you should certainly watch out for. Be careful and quick for your own home’s safety!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for Young & Co Roofing Manchester, an excellent roofing and cladding company in Greater Manchester. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.