Even in newer homes, unforeseen roof problems can happen. To detect damage in its early stages, it is essential to keep an eye on your roof. Early damage detection allows you to have the issue fixed and perform needed maintenance before the issue grows worse and more expensive. Here are three roof-related threats of which to be aware. 

The Top 3 Worst Enemies of Your Roof

1. Wildlife

Birds and small animals often build their nests on the roof or under it. Some can get into an attic or structure and cause damage. It is important to make sure that the roof shingles and flashings are tight and don’t have any holes where animals could get in. Raccoons love to dig holes in these places, and bats sometimes live there, too.

Keeping trees and bushes away from your roof can make it less likely that animals will live there. Bugs and rodents can use a hanging branch as a way to get on your roof. Cut back any trees or bushes that are closer than 6 feet to your roof or walls. Crawling bugs and rodents will have a harder time getting on your roof.

2. Sun Exposure

UV rays dry out the surface of your roof, making your shingles brittle and vulnerable to cracking. Your roof may reach temperatures of over 160 degrees Fahrenheit, yet at night, the temperature may drop to just 50. This temperature swing causes your roof to significantly expand and contract, which puts additional strain on flashing and fasteners.

If you’re worried about the sun, you might want to have a professional roofer help you in choosing a roofing system with high solar reflectance. By reflecting heat away from the building, this layer functions like a sun shield.

3. Tree Branches

Branches can sometimes land on the roof from trees that hang over it, whether they are on your property or a neighbor’s. Branches may fall because of bad weather, age, pests or disease. That’s another reason why trees near the house should be cut back. It will help make sure that falling things don’t hurt the roof.

If a branch falls from a tree, make sure that it is picked up as soon as possible. Moisture is the worst thing for your roof, and debris can trap it.

Whether you need high-quality windows or are in need of a reputable roofing contractor to replace your old roof, trust in the experts at Polar Bear Exterior Solutions. Give us a call at (425) 290-5579, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation today. We serve clients in Seattle, Mukilteo and nearby communities within the Western Washington region.

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