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The Biggest Threats to Your Roof

Protecting Your Roof

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home and one of the biggest investments you can make, so naturally, you’d like to do as much as you can to keep it safe and in good condition for as long as possible.

There are certain obstacles that can get in the way of roof health and efficiency. The RJ Roofing team is here to let you know what these threats are, as well as how you can keep them away from your roof and ensure it has a long, healthy life.

Trees

Trees are a great addition to any property. They provide shade, improve aesthetics, and add value to your property. However, if not carefully watched and cared for, they can be a nuisance to your roof. If you’re caught in a storm, or your tree is simply old and sick, branches, twigs, and leaves can break and wreak havoc on your roof, puncturing holes and causing serious damage.

The best way to combat this naturally occurring event is to trim back any tree limbs that hover above your roof.

Storms

Strong winds, hail, and rain can encourage trees to cause damage, but they are capable of damaging your roof on their own as well.

Wind

Strong gusts of wind can tear away roofing materials like shingles, leaving your roof bare and exposed. After the storm passes, make sure you inspect your roof and replace any missing shingles in a timely manner.

Hail

If a hail storm is strong enough, these balls of ice can puncture your roof. After a hail storm, we recommend calling your roofing company for an inspection to avoid any missed damage and to keep your roof healthy.

Rain

Typically, our roofs and gutters are able to withstand a large amount of rain. However, if you notice pooling water on your roof after a storm, you’ll want to call in the experts. Pooling water creates a perfect breeding ground for moss and algae and can damage materials and affect the draining abilities of your roof.

Ice

Accumulated ice causes problems similar to pooling water. As the ice melts, the excess water can damage the structural integrity of your roof and cause buildups that block drainage points. Icicles are also a danger to those walking around your house.

Animals

As the weather grows colder, the critters on your property will begin looking for shelter to keep warm. This paints a big red target on your cozy and weather-proofed home, particularly the attic. Squirrels, raccoons, and birds will chew or burrow their way through the roof, damaging it, and begin nesting inside.

You can keep these critters away by having a professional roofer come out and seal up any potential points of entry.

Algae

While algae does not necessarily affect your roof structurally, it can be an eyesore. If you’re trying to sell your home, or improve your curbside appearance, algae and moss can pose a problem. Algae spreads quickly, so you must act fast in taking care of it and replacing shingles.

If you want to stop algae growth before it happens, you can choose shingles with specific algae-repellent properties!

Poor Installation and Repairs

One of the biggest threats to your roof is underqualified roofing professionals. Your roof is an incredibly important part of your home and it should be handled with extreme care and attention to detail.

Finding a roofing company you can trust is essential. That’s why RJ Roofing employs only the best roofing technicians to ensure your home is in excellent, capable hands! Give us a call at (971) 252-7079 to discuss your roofing project, how you can protect your roof from its biggest threats, and why our team is the right choice for you.