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How to Deal With the 3 Most Common Roof Threats

How to Deal With the 3 Most Common Roof Threats

Your residential roofing system has an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Throughout its serviceable life, it will encounter several threats that can compromise its health and performance, including the following:

 Common Roof Threats

Wind and Debris

Wind is one of the top causes of roof damage. Hurricane-force winds, in particular, can lift up your shingles and even blow them off your roof. If you find them in your yard, it is a sign that you need to call your local roofer for an immediate inspection and repair to minimize your damaged roof’s exposure to the elements.

Wind-carried debris can likewise cause roof damage. Objects picked up by strong winds can turn into projectiles, causing impact damage to the roof surfaces. Take note of any dents or punctures that you see when you perform a post-storm home inspection. Of course, be sure to call your local roof repair company for an immediate fix.

Ice and Snow

Ice and snow are among the biggest threats to your roof during the winter season. Existing gaps on your roof allow melted snow to seep through, and once outdoor temperatures drop below freezing, it refreezes, causing significant damage to your roof’s inner layers. Moisture damage can be destructive if not addressed promptly, so before winter arrives, make sure that you have your roofer over for inspections and repairs.

Gutters and Downspouts

Your gutters and downspouts are part of your roofing system. However, they can also contribute to roofing problems. If they aren’t working as intended due to wear and tear or improper installation, rainwater may back up your roof and cause damage to nearby roof components. Always make sure that your gutters and downspouts are clog-free, especially before and after severe weather. When investing in a new gutter system, make sure that you hire the right professionals for the job.

A1 Roofing & Construction is the leading roofing contractor in the local area. Call us now at (401) 265-1019, or fill out our contact form for a no-obligation quote. We serve homeowners in Providence and Warwick, RI, and New Bedford, MA.