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10 Things that Damage Your Roof

When it comes to maintaining your home, the integrity of your roof shouldn’t be overlooked. In fact, a damaged roof can create significant expenses to homeowners. There are 10 different things that can damage the roof of your home.


1. Bad Roof Installation

It starts at the beginning: if your roof is installed improperly it will result in problems down the road. Hire a professional if you want to know whether your roof was installed properly.


2. Improper Flashing Installation

Flashing seals the penetrated areas of your roof such as vent pipes, chimneys, and heating and cooling systems. But improper installation can create open seams that shorten the life of your roof.


3. Moisture

Although your home can’t avoid the elements, wind, rain, hail, snow, and ice can create moisture in the layers of your roof. It can lead to leaks, mold, and/or rot.


4. Standing Water

Standing water on your roof can cause damage to your roof. It’s also a sign of another problem with your roof. Standing water is often caused by debris buildup or improper drainage gutters.


5. Critters

Animals, birds, and insects can also damage your roof. Make sure to remove the pests before they damage your roof.


6. Trees

We love the shade trees provide. But overhanging limbs can rub the surface of your roof and remove the protective top layer. And when branches fall on your roof they create even more problems. Be sure to keep your trees well trimmed to prevent damage to your roof.


7. Punctures

Wind and hail can puncture roofing material. The sealant and flashing around penetrations should be examined after storms to ensure nothing has been damaged.


8. Ventilation

Roof ventilation is an important part of your roof’s longevity. It allows airflow and regulates your attic’s temperature and moisture. But too many homes don’t have an adequate amount of ventilation. An inadequate amount of ventilation can damage rafters, sheathing, shingles, insulation, and increase your energy costs.


9. Shrinkage

Roof shrinkage is when the roof membrane (the stuff under the tiles or shingles) shrinks. It can cause cracks in the upper layer. There are many things that can cause roof shrinkage such as poor installation of the roof membrane.


10. Improper Maintenance

Like the rest of your home, your roof requires maintenance. Small problems can lead to costly repair if left unchecked. Regular inspection is a simple way to extend the life of your roof.


Contact JB Roofing & Gutters today to have your roof inspected by an honest and fair professional.

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