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  • Writer's pictureApril Dacas, VP

Primary Causes Of Roof Damage, And What You Can Do About It

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When it comes to protecting the strength and integrity of your home, it is obvious that the condition of your roof plays a large part in protecting your property. Defective roofs can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home, your belongings, and cause you stress if not properly taken care of.

There are a number of elements that can weaken or damage your roof and knowing what to look for will help you to avoid problems before they even start. Inspecting your roof regularly and examining it for minor issues will allow you to be proactive about taking care of them before they become significant issues, costing you valuable time and money. Let’s examine some common causes of roof damage and see how we can be proactive in protecting our valuable home:

Poor maintenance and inspection

Inspecting your roof regularly for signs of damage and weakness is very important. Identification of minor leaks and weaknesses and prompt attention to correcting them save valuable time and thousands of dollars as larger issues of loss and damage are averted. If your roof has peaks and valleys where ice and moisture can build up, pay particular attention to those areas that may show weakness first.

Wind damage

Even moderate gusts of wind can weaken shingles, nails, and other materials that are currently holding your roof together. Over 90 percent of claims from high wind and hail damage result in the need for homeowners to repair their roof. Loose or missing shingles are an area of weakness that invites in other elements of wind, rain, and adverse weather conditions, all of which can manifest as an interior leak that damages your home. If you suspect that you have sustained damage after a feisty storm, it doesn’t hurt to have an inspection done.


Believe it or not, the sun can also cause damage to your roof. Brutal hot rays of sun blast your roof day after day with heat, causing roof shingles to dry out and become brittle. Over time, these brittle shingles can break apart, leaving you with holes in your protective layer that you’ve come to rely on. Any hole in a roof is a deficiency that can let in other wind, rain, and elements of nature that can destroy it. Look for weaknesses inside as well as outside to ensure that your roof is doing an adequate job of protecting your home.

Improper installation

Any repair or replacement that is not done by a Licensed roofing professional is at risk for compromising the integrity of your home and its strength of the structure. Make sure that you take repairs and replacements seriously, as you want to protect the enormous financial investment that is your home. Search for a reputable contractor who specializes in roofing; finding one that offers guarantees on work is beneficial as well. Exercise caution and do some homework when protecting your home.

Need help with your roof? Len’s Roofing can help!

Whether you need roofing advice, you have a small repair, or if you are looking at a total roof replacement, we can help. From preparation to clean up, we offer comprehensive assessment and roofing packages that address every possible need you could have with your roof. If protecting your greatest asset is important to you, it’s important to us. Visit us at today for more information and to set up a consultation. A more beautiful and secure home is in your future!


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