Your roof protects you from the elements, so it’s important to keep it in great shape. Roof damage can be caused by many different things, including these factors:
Tree Limbs & Debris
Trees can provide much-needed shade for your home, but they can also pose a significant hazard for your roof. Intense storms can cause branches—or in some cases, entire trees—to fall on your roof, damaging not only the shingles but also the structure of your roof. Tree limbs can scrape against your shingles, removing granules and damaging them over time. Keeping trees trimmed away from your house can help reduce the risk of damage.
Speaking of intense storms—the weather is another common culprit when it comes to roof damage. Oklahoma is no stranger to storms, with an average of 56 tornadoes each year. High winds can lift shingles and rip them off of the roof, leaving you exposed to future water damage. Additionally, hail can pelt roofs at speeds from 40–70mph, cracking shingles and denting metal roofs. Even short rain showers can cause leaks in an already-damaged surface, potentially causing more issues.
Birds, Pests, & Gutter Issues
Pests like mice, squirrels, bats, nesting birds, etc., want to be warm and cozy, and your attic’s insulation seems like the perfect spot to set up camp. Pests look for gaps or cracks in your home’s exterior to work their way inside, including peeling back shingles and vent covers.
Gutter issues can also cause damage to your roof and home, especially if excess water is not draining properly. Gutters and downspouts should be free from debris, so make sure you add it to your spring cleaning list, especially if you have trees in your yard.
Repairing The Damage
All of the damage we’ve described usually leads to one thing: water inside your home. Water damage can be as subtle as a slight musty smell, or it can be as obvious as leaky drip coming from your ceiling. With water damage comes mold, and the potential for serious health issues, so it is important to have repairs completed as quickly as possible.
Our licensed and insured roofers will inspect your roof to determine the cause and extent of the damage, and provide you with a free estimate for the cost of repairs. Many insurance companies will cover repairs, and we can help you with the claims process. To get started, call (918) 271-7999 / (405) 603-6383 or visit our website.