6 Biggest Threats to Your Roof

Roofing contractors often recommend regular roof inspections – and for good reason. These inspections should be part of routine maintenance to ensure your roof is ready to face the elements. They are also essential in extending your roof’s lifespan.  

6 Biggest Threats to Your Roof

Keep reading to learn more about the six biggest threats to your roof.

1. Trees

When leaves from nearby trees fall and accumulate on your roof, they absorb moisture. This exposes the shingles to high moisture levels for extended periods, making them more prone to damage and early deterioration. Make sure to trim branches regularly to avoid this problem.

2. Debris

Different kinds of debris can end up on your roof. From leaves and twigs to sticks and larger objects hurled by the wind, all of these can damage your roof. Regular roof cleaning can prevent debris buildup. You should also clean your roof before and after a storm to minimize the risk of damage. 

3. Small Animals

Roofing maintenance is essential in clearing small animals from your roofs. Woodpeckers, squirrels, mice and nesting birds can damage your roof’s overall structure. To remove them, you may need to contact your local animal control agency.

4. Neglected Gutters

If your gutters are filled with debris, water won’t drain efficiently away from your home. It could also back up onto your roof, causing water to pool on your roof’s surface. This can easily damage the shingles and other roofing components. Never skip gutter cleaning and maintenance. Experts recommend clearing your gutters twice a year.

5. Strong Winds and Storms

Strong winds can lift or blow off your shingles. Ensure your shingles are nailed properly and your sheathing is high-quality and durable. You must also maintain your roof regularly so that it can withstand storms.

6. Hailstones

Hailstones can cause various forms of damage, from dents to holes. Sometimes, hail damage isn’t obvious, so it’s best to have your roof checked by a professional after a hail storm. 

For high-quality roofing services, always trust a local roofer with several years of experience – such as Sterling Exteriors. To request a quote, call us at (513) 685-8055, or fill out this contact form. We proudly service clients in Cincinnati, Loveland and Newtown, OH.