What Causes Wear and Tear on a Roof?

Wear and tear can be defined as the natural and gradual deterioration of the home over time, resulting from the tenant’s regular use of the property. For example, the paint on the walls, the windows, or the house’s roofing wears out in the ordinary course of living. If the roof is unprotected from the elements, it can suffer wear and tear over time. It is good to check for broken, slipped, or missing tiles regularly. Here are common causes of roof wear and tear.

Strong Winds and Storms

High winds, thunderstones, and hurricanes make the roof shingles get worn out faster, particularly on the roof edges. When a storm comes, the roof edges are swayed easily by the strong winds that come with it. When roofing, it is essential to invest in roofing materials that withstand high wind intensity and get a regular inspection done following significant storms to ensure no hidden damage.

High Heat

Sunlight causes UV light and high heat to take a toll on the roof, which may cause wear and tear. Proper ventilating and insulation of your attic and using reflective materials could help slow the process by minimizing the amount of heat that the roof is exposed to. Installing a radiant barrier on the ceiling reduces the impact of the sun on the roof, thus protecting it from wear and tear.

Aging Shingles

Wear and tear are mainly caused by the fact that the roofing has served its days and is now getting weak, old, and breakable. Maybe it is past its life expectancy and past warranty. If so, it is advisable to get a replacement to avoid frequent roofing repairs.

Rainwater and Cold Temperatures

Acidic water can erode the roof’s surface by wearing out granules which can eventually expose the roof’s backing material. Extremely cold temperatures and moisture may cause your roof, especially if it is made of metal, to expand and contract rapidly, significantly affecting the roof’s integrity. When excess rainwater finds its way into the cracks or under the roof shingles, it will damage the roof and the wooden structure around and beneath it.

Lack of Roofing Repair

Failure to complete roof repairs can lead to further and more severe roof damage. General maintenance is important, and the roof’s lack of it makes it wear and tear more frequently. An annual inspection, sweeping off the roof, and cleaning out the gutters and downspouts is necessary once in a while.

Signs That You Need Roofing Repair

  • Curled or cracked shingles. These are indications that the shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan, and your roof needs replacement.
  • Shingles are wet, dark, or dirty. If shingles allow moisture to be trapped, they aren’t doing their job. 
  • When there is blistering or peeling of exterior paint, this is because of poor ventilation.
  • When you see stains on interior ceilings or walls. Water or stains on walls or ceilings can be caused by your roof’s underlayment allowing moisture into your home.
  • Leaks in the attic after a rainstorm. If rain is getting into your attic, it may mean you need a roof replacement.

If your roof is damaged or has any of the issues described above, take the necessary action to avoid more wear and tear. Contact a professional roofing contractor for repairs or replacement.