Living in North Texas, you might think that heat and hail are your biggest concerns when it comes to how your roof ages. While weather can definitely contribute to how your roof wears, there are other things to look out for that may cause your roof to age prematurely. Scott Exteriors are experts at spotting these potential problems- which can help catch the damage early and save you money.
If your existing roof was installed improperly, you are at risk of developing problems, such as loose materials and leaks. Your roof is also less likely to last than one that has been installed the right way. It is important to have a qualified professional check your existing roof to make sure it was done correctly- and identify any costly potential problems that may be lurking. Also, if your flashing was not installed properly, you are at risk of developing leaks. Flashing is what seals your roof to things like your chimney, vent pipes, and HVAC system.
Water can do a lot of damage- especially when it pools on your roof. Water pooling is a problem that develops when debris, like leaves, build up and prevent from draining through gutters and HVAC drain lines. It's important to make sure that water can drain away to prevent leaks and damage.
Other factors can cause damage to your roof, too. Hail, trees, rodents, and insects to name just a few potential hazards. Hail can leave holes in your roof and damage flashing and seals- which leaves you with the potential for leaks. Pests like rodents, birds, and bugs can enter through holes or gaps in your roof or exterior, and cause extensive (and expensive) repairs. Trees that touch your roof can actually damage your shingles, by wearing away the shingle's protective layer, leaving you at risk for water damage.
Your roof bears the brunt of the damaging rays of the sun. Over time, your shingles will blister, crack, and buckle from the heat. This kind of surface damage will eventually lead to more serious problems.
Regular roof inspections can help head off costly repair bills and may extend the life of your roof. However, we recommend that you leave inspections to the professionals, like Scott Exteriors, who are trained to spot problems and potential risks. Professionals also know how to walk on your roof safely- without causing additional damage!
Call Scott Exteriors to schedule your roof inspection today at 214.503.7663.