10 Things that Can Damage Your Roof (Part 1)


Many factors can contribute to roof damage. You are probably already aware of many of them, but some may be surprising to you. It’s important to deal with all roofing issues as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring. When it comes to problems with your roofing system, costs can add up very quickly.


1. Wind—Wind is one of the main causes of roof damage for homeowners. Strong winds can lift up edges of shingles and sometimes blow them off completely, leaving areas of the roof exposed. Inspecting your roof and yard after a storm is a good habit to get into. Keep an eye out for any shingles or pieces of shingles that may be lying around your property. If you do see any, it is time to have a professional come out to do a thorough inspection of your roof and repair any damage.

2. Trees—The most apparent damage done by trees from limbs or branches falling onto a roof. This is usually due to strong winds, torrents, heavy snow, or ice that weighs down tree branches until they become to be too heavy and snap. Sometimes, branches break because a tree is sick with disease.  A good way to avoid damage from fallen branches is to trim back trees that have large branches that hang over the top of or very near your house. Before something catastrophic happens to your roof, walk around your yard and inspect your trees, trimming back or cutting down any that may pose a substantial threat to your home. Other damage that can occur, that is not nearly as obvious, is algae or moss transfer from trees to the top of your roof. This is more difficult to spot but can end up causing moisture problems if not dealt with promptly. Read our blog, Removing Moss and Algae from Your Roof, to learn the signs of and solutions to these pesky problems.

3. Debris—Trees are the main sources of debris. Branches, twigs, pine needles, and leaves tend to accumulate on rooftops and in gutters. When they pile up, the area underneath the debris remains moist. This moisture can lead to the deterioration of shingles and the rotting of different components of your roofing structure.

4. Malfunctioning Gutters & Downspouts—When gutters and downspouts are working properly, they catch rainwater that flows down the roof and channels that water onto the ground, away from the home. If debris is caught in gutters and downspouts, the water will be blocked and unable to flow freely to its destination. When the water gets backed up, it can seep into the roof and cause rotting.

5. Animals—Birds, squirrels, mice, bats, and raccoons can all mean trouble when it comes to the wellbeing of your roof. Woodpeckers, for instance, often search for insects to eat by poking into shingles. Raccoons may cause damage to vent covers and shingles by lifting and pulling them off the roof. Bats can cause all kinds of nasty problems, particularly if they make their way into your attic. They can chew into walls and damage insulation and wiring. They also let off strong odors after awhile and can transmit diseases.


In the next blog post, we will cover five more things that commonly cause roof damage. If your roof needs to be inspected or repaired, contact Hedrick Construction, and we will get your project done promptly and effectively. If your roof requires immediate attention, give us a call right away so that we can repair your roof and prevent further damage. We are located in Huxley, Iowa and serve Ames, Des Moines, and the surrounding areas.

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