Moisture damage can wreck havoc on a roof. Most people believe this issues shows up as water leakage, but that is false. Moisture damage usually goes unnoticed as it causes rotten wood panels and rusty nails first. Frigid weather is the most frequent cause of this structural and possibly even health threat.
Regular Roof Inspections
According to the National Roofing Contractors Association and the Roof Consultants Institute, you should have your roof inspected twice a year. If you experience destructive weather you may need to schedule another inspection. After the hottest and coldest seasons are the ideal times to book an experienced and licensed roof inspector. A qualified roof inspector is able to determine if your roofing components sustained any form of damage that may weaken its ability to repel moisture.
Check Your Roof’s Drainage System
A critical component to the health of your roof is free-flowing drainage. The chance of ice damming and moisture infiltration is increased by a network of clogged gutters and downspouts. Flat roofs are also in danger of ponding water. 1″ deep trapped water weighs about 5lbs per square foot. A section of your roof may collapse if water is left standing for about 48 hours.
Cut Down Overhanging Tree Branches
You should always keep your roof free from towering branches within a 10 feet radius. Overhanging tree limbs shed leaves that can get caught until they decompose. Swinging branches may also bruise asphalt shingles and dislodge the protective granules.
Let Texan Roofing Pros address any sign of moisture damage and winterize your roof before it’s too late! Call us at 210-850-0100 (San Antonio) or 956-450-3160 (Rio Grande Valley) to set up your appointment today!