What Causes A Roof To Wear Out

A construction worker is wearing out a roof.

You may be under the impression that your roof is so strong it will last forever. And it will definitely last for many years. However, there are many elements that wreak havoc with it, resulting in the roof wearing out and needing some serious repair or replacement. What kind of situations cause a roof to wear out?

Ultraviolet radiation

Even if your roof is brand new, you can be absolutely sure that the sun has started doing a number on it. And even if the sun’s ultraviolet rays need to travel through haze or pollution to get to your roof, it will start drying out the roof’s protective oil. If you combine this with days of rainstorms, the increased fragility of your roof will now have to face some water damage.

High temperatures

As time goes by, the number of high heat days accumulates damage on your roof. Heat can create blisters on the shingles. As shingles get damaged, they will pop, exposing your roof to further damage.

Temperature swings

If you think the changes in temperature throughout the day and night will not affect your roof, the answer is, they will. Heat makes the roof stretch out in the day. The evening cools the roof making it contract. What happens in this situation is known as thermal shock. All reflective metal roof components, such as flashings, drains, and vents, quickly experience this process and end up pulling your roof apart from its edges and joints. Call your roofing professional to perform periodic roof inspections and watching for early signs shingle separation that may lead to roof splitting.

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Wind and rain

Strong winds are able to lift the edges of shingles. This leaves them exposed to debris and water that can be blown underneath by the wind itself. On the other hand, water from rain can also find its way underneath roofing materials, causing rafters to begin to rot. Additionally, water slipping into your home can cause your electrical system, walls and insulation to be impacted.

Ice and snow

Ice and snow are heavy. On top of that, snow tends to melt and refreeze. Once it freezes, it can lead to the formation of ice dams, which prevent proper drainage of water into the gutter and can result in water backing up under your roofing materials. After that, it can seep into your home’s interior and be responsible for some more real problems.

Lack of routine maintenance

Just as you pay attention to what goes on inside your home, you should do regular maintenance on your roof. What can you do?

  • Keep excessive debris from accumulating on it
  • Clean out clogged drains and gutters
  • Make sure your attic is not excessively hot
  • Don’t step on your roof unless there is a reason for you to do so
  • Don’t attempt quick, unprofessional fixes when issues pop up

 It’s important to replace your roof at the proper time. Waiting too long to replace your roof or installing a new one before it’s needed might end up costing you. Schedule a call with our roofing experts at Giron Roofing in order to determine whether your home is in need of a new roof or if simply performing some roofing repairs and maintenance are enough. Call today and get a free estimate.

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