Things That Can Wear Down Your Roof

Your roof protects you and your family from being disturbed by outside elements, but its constant exposure to those same elements can erode at its protective qualities over time.  We are going to go over some of these common agents of erosion that can easily be taken care of with some routine inspections and maintenance.

Structural Shifting – Buildings move and shift a lot throughout the day. Structures expand, contract and settle over time. If a building’s roof is not designed and built to account for and accommodate the natural movement of a building will suffer various inevitable failures over time.

Vegetation Growth – Standing water can gather in spots on roofs and lead to the growth of undesired vegetation and algae, molds, and mildew. These growths can not only be a health hazard, but can wear away at the integrity of your roof. Regular inspection and maintenance is the only way to preempt this potential issue.

The Elements – The Arizona climate is very extreme and harsh on anything exposed to it continually. Sun, rain, and dust are major agents of erosion and wear that your roof will see in extreme forms throughout the seasons.  Air pollutants can also play into the degradation of your roofs integrity. Again, the only way to gauge the environments effect on your roof is to have it regularly inspected and maintained.

Repurposing of The Building – When a building sees a major change in its everyday use a lot of new factors can and will effect your roof and your building. For instance, increased traffic will bring increased condensation with it and that extra moisture alone can greatly effect various aspects of your structure including your roof.

Getting your roof routinely inspected and maintained will save you a lot of hassle and money in the future and we highly recommend it. Call Right Way Roofing today at 480-232-5458 in the East Valley and 602-29-8851 in the West Valley have your roof inspected and maintained!

Rodents and Your Roof

While we have all been going about our lives throughout the generations, there has been an invisible war going on just above our heads; the war between roofs and rodents. Rodents are a natural and ancient enemy of the roof and the two will probably be at odds as long as either one exists.  This battle effects us in various ways and this collateral damage takes many forms.

Rodents seek warmth during the colder months of the year and your roof is one of their go to places to find it. One of the ways they find warmth is digging holes through your shingles and the components underneath creating openings for other pests, moisture, debris etc to make its way into your homes under structure. Over time this can degrade the protective qualities of your roof and can compromise the physical condition of your home as well as diminishing it’s overall energy efficiency.

While your roof can serve as shelter for various rodents, a lot of them use the roof as passage way to get to their favorite place to shack up; your attic. Attics are like 5 star hotels to rodents looking for an escape from the cold and the elements outdoors. Constant warmth, shelter and plenty of space, rodents can have a field day if they make it into your attic and are afforded plenty of room to breed and multiply. If you have an out of control rodent community develop, your house could sustain significant damage and loss of property value. On top of that, exterminating a large rodent infestation can be lengthy, messy, and worst of all costly. Most people are freaked out by the prospect of having pests and rodents sharing their personal spaces with them. The specter of these unwanted housemates can seriously impact the daily quality of life for anyone who lives within or visits your residence.

Being aware of this semi-secret war can do a lot to benefit you and your family, as well as your home. Rodents are small, but can multiply quickly and before you know it you may be surrounded by generations of rodents as well as their hair, dander and feces. The presence of these elements can aggravate allergies as well as cause health issues, some of which are potentially serious. Protect your home’s value and your family’s health. Have your roof regularly inspected and maintained in order to avoid the potential calamity of a rodent invasion.

Trees and your Roof

Trees add a lot to the appearance and feel of a property and its landscape and give your home an enhanced sense of character. As much as trees bring to the table as far as benefits go, they can also be very damaging. Trees that sit close to your home can create difficulties for your roof with debris  and easier access for animals etc. We are going to go over some of the ways that trees can affect your roof when in close proximity to it.

Branches rubbing against your roof:  As the wind blows, close tree branches can bump and rub against your shingles. This can lead to shingle damage, losing entire shingles and holes developing in your roof. Depending on how close to your house the tree is, the branches could eventually put pressure on your roof and cause certain components to become warped and unbalanced. The effects of warping on your roof can lead to further issues such as leaks and pest infestation as opening are created. This can lead to costly repairs or tedious shingle replacement which can be a major hassle. Pruning the branches of the trees that are close to your house is very important as well as beneficial.

Leaf debris building up: Leaf build up can impede the designed path that water is supposed to travel down the slope of your roof. When the natural path is blocked, the water will make its way underneath the shingles and run under your roofs protective later. This is a very common cause of roof leaks and any roof is vulnerable to this. No matter how well the roof was constructed, if it is not kept clear of obstruction, you could be in line for an expensive repair project.

Vines: Vines affect your roof in a very similar way as tree branches; vines can grab and penetrate through shingles which allows water to easily enter into the area under your shingles and eventually into your home. Paying close attention to any vines and where they are spreading to can help you avoid the litany of issues they can create for your roofing.

Properly keeping your trees pruned and maintained is important when it comes to caring for a roof that has trees that reside close to it. Trees are beautiful and are a desirable addition to almost any property but you do need to account for them if you don’t want them to adversely affect your roof and your home by extension.

 

How Will Your Roof Hold Up Against High Winds

Wind is one of the most powerful forces on our planet and it has the power to devastate and destroy anything in its path. Your home is definitely no exception to the rule; in fact, it’s probably more at risk than most objects the wind can affect.  The force of the wind against the exterior of your home should be accounted for in its design. In an efficiently build house, the idea is to transfer the energy of the force generated by the wind against your house to the ground through the foundation.  There are steps you can take to augment your homes ability to transfer the force and energy efficiently in order to protect your family as well as your investment in your home.

Since knowledge is power, the first thing you should do to enhance your homes ability to endure high winds is find out what kind of roof your home has.  The roofs that you see shaped like the letter A are gabled roofs. The side of the roof that looks like the ‘A ‘takes and absolute pounding when wind hits it directly and if proper bracing isn’t present on those sides, the walls could collapse from the force of the wind against it. There are usually trusses in place that have been manufactured for the exact purpose of keeping the walls braced on the exposed sides of your gabled roof. Making sure these trusses are properly installed can be the difference between making minor home repairs and replacing a wall, let alone anything that may end up as collateral damage from the wall collapsing.

A trip to your attic should afford you the perspective you need to be able to see if your home has quality reinforcement where it needs it. Make sure your home and family are safe by arming yourself with the knowledge necessary to be aware of the type and condition of your roof and how it will withstand high winds.