Main causes of roof deterioration

The roof is your home’s first line of defense when it comes to the natural elements of sun, rain, snow, wind, hail and other weather in varying amounts. In Austin, Texas, you are sure to encounter extreme exposure to rain, sun, wind and hail. Unfortunately the truth is that weather damage to your roof happens and in order to prolong the life of your roof, regular roof inspections handled by your local roofer in Austin should be a part of regular maintenance.

Your roof is suffering from deterioration because of these likely elements:

  • Rain and Snow as moisture is a roof’s biggest enemy. Moisture can cause structure damage, mildew, decking rot and even damage the insulation. Moisture is sneaky and can get into even the smallest places.

  • Sun due to the fact that heat breaks roofing down over time as it is a part of the normal wear the roof will endure in its lifespan. And with having a home in Texas, the sun and heat can be brutal.

  • Wind at high speed will pull shingles away from the roof exposing what is underneath. This can lead to considerable structural deterioration.

  • Lichen, or as it’s more commonly known as, moss and algae, can cause the wood to rot as well as structural damage to your roof over time. It can also discolor your roof.

  • Trees can also cause serious deterioration to your roof. The limbs can puncture your roof. The leaves can build-up thus blocking your downspout systems which can cause the rain and other moisture to not be able to flow properly and back-up thus causing even more damage.

Regular inspections of your roof is important to its longevity. It is recommended to have a roof inspection twice annually; once in the spring and once in the fall. These routine inspections can help to prevent severe damage that can occur naturally with the weather elements.

While you can visually inspect a roof, it is always better to have the inspection conducted by an experienced roofing contractor. An inspection by a roofing contractor gives you a complete comprehensive roofing inspection. Your roofing contractor will be able to assess the condition of your roof and uncover potential problems. Your roofer will also be able to suggest steps you can take to increase the life of your roof. He will also be able to answer any questions you may have as well. And, if there is any minor repairs that need to be done, you will be glad that you caught them before significant damage was caused. Minor repairs that are caught in time cost much less in the long run.

A roofing contractor will usually offer a free inspection and estimate on any damages. If it has been awhile since you have had a roof inspection, call your local roofer in Austin to schedule an appointment. After the inspection, your roofer will be able to offer you maintenance tips, a repair quote as well as be able to discuss other options or services you might want or need in the future.

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