It’s not something you think about every day, but the roof of your home is quite possibly its most important feature. Your roof not only provides the necessary structure to keep your home standing, but it protects your family and everything else inside from the elements. Living in Northern California, there are many things that can cause damage, and if you delay making roof repairs, it can only make the situation worse.
Replacing a roof is a major investment that you don’t want to have to do prematurely. The best plan for keeping the roof you have for as long as possible is to be aware of what can cause damage in the first place. The pros at Roof Recovery want to help you become more proactive when it comes to your roof so we’ve put together a list of common causes of roof damage in Sacramento. Keep reading to learn more!
It can get pretty windy in Sacramento, and excessive wind is one of the major culprits of roof damage. While shingles are designed to withstand many average wind storms, over time your shingles can get weaker and more prone to getting blown off. Also, if there are trees near your roof, particularly older ones or ones with low-hanging limbs, a good wind storm can cause them to break and fall directly onto your roof.
Even if you don’t see any signs that shingles have blown off and it appears that the trees in your yard still have their limbs, be aware that just having tree branches rub against the surface of your roof can cause damage or at the very least, loss of shingle granules.
Rain can cause problems for your roof when it doesn’t properly runoff and is allowed to sit and pool in one area for an extended period of time. When this happens, water can work its way in creating an opportunity for wood rot and moss growth. While some people might actually like the appearance of moss on a roof, moss can establish roots that lift shingles, creating more opportunity for moisture to seep in. If you notice any water stains in your attic or on your ceiling, you’ll want to call a roofing contractor to have it checked out. Water damage is bad enough when it’s limited to the roof, but it can be devastating if it’s leaking into the inside of your home.
While few storms actually come with hail, the ones that do can cause a lot of damage. The amount of damage will be affected by the wind speed, size of hail as well as the age of your roof and the type of material it is made of. A good hail storm can damage shingles, creating an opportunity for water to seep in and create further problems. After a hailstorm, it’s important to have your roof inspected to make sure any damaged shingles are replaced and to make sure the integrity of your roof is intact.
Hail can also damage flashing. Flashing is a material (usually galvanized sheet metal) that is placed over joints in a roof to prevent water from seeping in and causing damage. During a bad hail storm, hail can impact flashing, causing it to be distorted or damaged, which then prevents it from working effectively. If your house has weathered a hail storm, you’ll not only want to make sure your shingles are in good shape, but you’ll want to have your flashing checked as well.
Improper Design/Faulty Installation
Not all roof damage can be blamed on Mother Nature. Unfortunately, some roofs don’t hold up as long as they’re supposed to because they weren’t installed properly in the first place. Proper roofing technique isn’t something that can be learned overnight. It takes years of on the job experience dealing with all kinds of roofing materials and roof designs to gain the necessary know-how.
A good roofing job can also come down to work ethic and craftsmanship. Just like any job, you can choose to take your time and do it properly, or you can rush through, leaving a sloppy trail of mistakes along the way. To ensure you don’t get stuck with a roofer that will only leave you with more future repairs, make sure to do your homework. Check credentials, find out how many years of experience they have, and read customer reviews.
Extend the Life of Your Roof
Having to replace a roof may be one of the most expensive home repairs you’ll ever have to make. Therefore, it makes sense that you would want to keep the roof you have for as long as possible. While something like a bad hail storm is out of your control, there are things that you can do to prevent further damage. Make sure you are performing regular checks of your roof by just looking at it from the ground with a pair of binoculars. Keep an eye out for signs of water leaks on the inside of your home, and don’t delay if you think you might have a problem.
Unfortunately, there will probably be a time when you need to hire a professional to help with roof repairs or replacement. When that time comes, we hope you’ll turn to Roof Recovery. With more than 50 years of combined experience and hundreds of 5-star customer reviews, you can trust us to provide the ultimate in customer service. Give us a call today, or fill out our online form to get a free estimate!