Thursday, June 11, 2015

Top 5 Biggest Roof Enemies

Mother nature can really take its toll on your roof at the Lake of the Ozarks. You never know what the weather is going to do here in the Midwest, so making sure your roof is in good working condition is important. Spotting and taking care of small issues early will help  you avoid major damages and will save you money in the long run. Beware of these 5 biggest enemies to your roof:

1. Sunlight


While you may think that storms and bad winter weather are your roof's biggest threat, summer can actually be one of the toughest seasons on your roof. Probably the biggest enemy to your roof is the sun. The rate of wear & tear of asphalt shingles highly depends on the amount of sunlight and shade they see. Sunlight dehydrates shingles causing them to split, crack, cup and peel. With too much sun, you can sometimes even see burn holes develop. However, large amounts of shade can also damage your roof. Moisture in shaded areas can allow moss to grow, which can lead to roof rot.

2. Wind


When you hear the wind howling outside, your first thought is probably about how you are safely inside your home. While you might be safe, your roof may not. Damage can be caused from the slightest wind storm to a major ones where tree branches and other debris are thrown onto your roof. While the latter may seem a lot worse, the build up of unseen damage over time could cause your roof to need replacing rather than just repaired. High winds can lift up shingle edges, blowing water and debris underneath, which compromises the integrity of your roof.

3. Hail


Hail is another major enemy to your roof. While its easy to spot hail damage on the metal aspects of your roof, from metal pipes and stacks to gutters and vent caps by looking for dings, shingle damage can be more difficult to spot. If you suspect hail damage on your roof, it is important to contact a trusted Lake of the Ozarks roofing company to come inspect it for you.

4. Snow & Ice


While snow may seem light and fluffy to you, it can become quite heavy when it builds up on your roof. Add ice to the equation and an already faulty roof could collapse. Other problems can occur when the snow and ice start to melt. If your gutters aren't clean, debris can block water drainage and cause water to back up on your roof. This could create ice dams, leading to water creeping into your home.

5. Rain 

While rain itself might not be a major enemy, if it cannot properly flow off your roof, it can cause some major damage. Missing, torn or worn shingles can cause rainwater to leak into your home. This can cause water damage as well as moist conditions for mold and mildew to grow. While we can't control the weather, we can get prepared for it to occur.

While bad weather often makes us think of the condition of our roof, we also need to think about our roof during those hot summer months. When we don't see a lot of rain for long periods of time, damage can occur that we don't notice until winter arrives. If you haven't had your Lake of the Ozarks roof inspected yet this season, call 573-302-0354 to schedule one today! Above & Beyond roofing offers free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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