There are plenty of ways your house can become damaged and vulnerable to the elements. While it may be easier to procrastinate and assume you can get a leaky roof repair later, you may be endangering both your house and your family. Your roof is an integral element of your house that, if left untouched when damaged, can quickly escalate to a worse situation.
Dangers of Roof Damage
Though your roof may seem impenetrable, there are many ways the elements can affect it. Therefore, it is important to regularly check it so you will be able to call for roofing repair services when needed.
There are a surprising number of ways leaks can endanger both your house and your family. It is important to learn how to find roof leaks so you can fix them. Even small leaks can have a lasting impact, because they represent a weakness in the barrier. Therefore, water is able to enter your home in order to:
- Compromise the structural integrity of your house
- Create a fire hazard due to shorted wires
- Encourage the growth of mold and mildew throughout your home
- Increase utility bills because of saturated insulation
- Cause water to pool and makes the floor slippery
- Put the health of your family at risk due to leaky roof mold
Florida is well-known for its extreme weather and large thunderstorms. The violent wind associated with these storms can be quite detrimental to your roof. Uneven exposure and pressure from wind can cause a peeling effect that lifts part of your roofing up. While many people worry about their roof being pulled off completely, they should also be concerned about it lifting minimally. Once it does, water is able to get in. Additionally, wind picks up debris and can drag it across your roofing which will require residential roof repairs.
Roof Damage Caused by Trees
While trees are aesthetically pleasing and provide much needed shade to your home, they have the potential to harm your property. For instance, if trees grow too close to your house, their branches can scrape across your shingles causing damage. Fallen leaves can also accumulate preventing proper water drainage and causing stains and deterioration on the top of your roof. Finally, if any branches fall, they can land on your roof causing significant structural damage that require Gainesville roof repairs.
Mid to late summer and early autumn often bring heavy winds, tropical storms and rain to Florida. These storms can cause massive damage when trees are toppled or limbs broken. Should a large limb or even moderate sized tree fall on your roof, you’ll need emergency roof repairs before further damage can be done. Contact Maven Construction Group immediately to begin restoration and repair of your roof and minimize as much damage as possible.
Causes of Roof Damage
Roof Damage Caused By Animals
Trees and overgrowth can also act as a two-way street for animals. As raccoons, squirrels, mice, bats, birds, and others scurry across your roof, they may pause to chew, tear and/or pull at the shingles. If successful, they may further explore the attic and other parts of inside your home. Along with being a nuisance, animals and their associated droppings can spread disease, posing a risk to residents of the home.
Sometimes even the most impenetrable boundary fails. Flashing can be either a first or second line boundary on the roof, protecting your home. However, if it was improperly installed or damaged by animals, winds, or trees, water can enter. Flashing is often made from plastic, rubber, roofing felt, and rust-resistant metal and can be found around skylights, valleys (where two roof planes come together), drip edge, and chimneys.
Hail Damage Causes Roof Damage
Sometimes the summer storms in Florida also bring hail with torrential downpours and wind damage. Though often thought of as symmetrical spheres, hail is mostly jagged. As it hits, the protective granules on shingles are knocked away and hail stones can leave dents or, if large enough, break through the shingles. Hail can be sporadic or widespread, meaning it’s possible that only a few shingles may be damaged in a storm or the entire roof can be affected.
The Sun Can Cause Roof Damage
While we enjoy soaking up the sun in the Sunshine State, your roof can soak up a little too much over time. UV light and thermal expansion can cause premature deterioration of your roof. Shingles crack, warp, and break down, allowing in rain and other sources for water damage.
Maven’s Gainesville Roof Repair Services
When you are in need of a roofing repair company in Gainesville, FL, there is no one better than Maven Construction Group. We use the best roofers in the area to provide you with a quality repairs you can trust. Our goal is to serve each client in every way and prioritize customer service. That is why Maven will communicate directly with your insurance agency so that you don’t have to, and we will begin work before we receive claim payouts because we understand how important it is to have these repairs finished quickly. Additionally, we are available to assist you 24/7 because emergencies can happen at any time, and your home should not be further endangered because damage occurred during nonbusiness hours. Whether you need a roof leak repair or Gainesville restoration for your roof, Maven Construction Group is here to help. Contact us today if you think you may have a roofing problem.