When do you typically think to get your roof checked for damage? After a storm? Well, you’re not alone! Most property owners only think of getting their roof checked either before or after a storm. Actually, there are many other ways that your roof could experience damage – and you may not even know it! This is why at Aspen Contracting, we always recommend getting your roof inspected at least twice a year. Staying on top of the condition of your roof will help ensure you keep any smaller issues at bay to avoid repairing costlier damage down the road. We’re breaking down some common ways your roof might get damaged that don’t involve storms. Check it out!
Your roof and attic can be an attractive area for a variety of wildlife. Sometimes critters can get into your attic due to an already-existing hole or compromise in your roofing system. Other times, animals like squirrels and mice can actually chew their way through your roof and into your property. This can cause damage to not only the interior of your property, but the exterior of your property as well! Critters such as bats, mice, birds and squirrels are common culprits and all have the ability to cause damage to your roof! If you suspect critters in your attic, make sure you get an inspection sooner than later.
Trees can be great – they offer shade, privacy and can be aesthetically pleasing. However, sometimes trees can become quite a nuisance! Tree limbs that hang over your roof or are in contact with your roof’s surface can repeatedly rub against the singles and wear away the top layer of your roof. Plus, heavier or longer tree limbs can become a hazard. If they get too heavy, they can fall on your roof and potentially damage your roofing system.
Did you know that moisture, mold and weakened structures can also be caused by poor property ventilation? Your property should have proper ventilation, especially in the roof and attic, to ensure that humidity and heat is not trapped. These conditions breed mold and mildew and can lead to weakened rafters, insulation and rotting wood. Make sure that your property has vents placed in the proper spots to ensure that your roof and attic are staying as cool and dry as possible. Also without the proper ventilation the property can be prone to ice damming in the winter.
These are just a few of the ways your roof could have damage without a storm occurring! It’s important to keep these factors top of mind so that you can keep your property watertight and in excellent condition. Now that you know, you’ll be better equipped to spot the cause of non storm-related roof damage. If you suspect any of these factors might be contributing to a faulty roof, give us a call! We’d love the opportunity to help. 877-784-ROOF