Roof damage, no matter how slight or severe, is inevitable. At some point as a homeowner, you’ll encounter problems with your home’s roof. You may be asking yourself, “So, what can I do to prevent roof damage? How can I make my roof last for as long as possible?”
We’re here to answer just that!
The constant sunny weather and lack of snow in South Carolina may make it seem like the homeowners here have it easy.
Roofs are integral to the safety and foundation of our homes. In this article, we’re going to talk about how South Carolina homeowners can avoid roof damage. Don’t let your roof succumb to short-term and long-term damage!
1. Keep Your Gutters Clean
Gutters drain rainwater away from your home. For them to do their job, they need to be properly cleaned from time to time.
When gutters clog with leaves and debris, excess rainwater can accumulate on the roof. This can cause serious problems. You could be dealing with leaks and damage to the interior and exterior of a home.
Clogged debris pose as fire hazards, as well. It can also weaken the foundation of a house. It can even cause roofs to collapse completely. Repairing roof damage can cost thousands of dollars. Serious problems like roof collapses can exceed tens of thousands of dollars.
Clogged gutters also attract pests, rodents, and insects. They can lead to mold and spore growth. This can be a serious health hazard to your family.
How often should you clean your gutters?
It depends on how many trees are in your yard. Yards with more trees means that more leaves and debris can wind up in your gutters.
The most important time of year to keep an eye on your gutters is in the fall and spring. However, they can still clog in the winter.
Since it doesn’t snow that often in Greenville, clogged gutters aren’t much of a threat in the winter. But it’s still a good idea to check them from time to time during the cold months.
Cleaning gutters is a task most homeowners can do themselves.
But the job can be dangerous if gutters are located high up. It can also be dangerous if your yard isn’t level. Without a sturdy ladder, you won’t be able to clean your gutters alone.
That’s where a professional comes in. They can clean your gutters and check their durability for a reasonable price.
2. Trim Your Trees
As we mentioned, leaves and tree debris are the main cause of clogged gutters. Homeowners with many trees in their yard have to especially stay on top of their gutters.
But excess trees in a yard can cause other roof damage. During high winds, branches can fly off and hit your roof. They can loosen the shingles or tiles off your roof. They can also damage other areas of your home.
Though it’s not common in Greenville, frost can accumulate during the winter. When this happens, tree branches are at a greater risk of falling onto your roof.
To prevent roof damage caused by tree branches, it’s important to trim your trees. This is easier for shorter and smaller trees. But it can be more difficult without a sturdy ladder or level ground.
3. Check for Roof Damage
From time to time, you should grab your ladder and check your roof for damage. Again, this will be difficult without a strong or tall enough ladder. However, it’s important to do.
Check your roof 2-3 times per year. The best time to check your roof is after a thunderstorm or windstorm. It’s crucial to check it before and after hurricane season.
When you go up on your roof, check it for damaged shingles or tiles. Also, look for missing shingles or missing gravel. Replace any damaged/worn out shingles or tiles.
If the nails on your shingles are loose or improperly installed, they can cause damage to your roof. They can also fly off and cause damage to other areas of your house.
Additionally, check for surface bubbles, blisters, or cracks on flat roofs. Trapped moisture or air can cause these, and excess sunlight can exacerbate them.
You should also check the flashing of your roof. The flashing is important because it directs the flow of water away from openings into the house. It needs to be in good condition so that water flows away from the house.
Fixing roof damage like blisters or cracks can be challenging if you don’t know how to. It requires cutting away the damage and applying layers of new membrane material to the area.
The worst thing you can do is to ignore existing damage. Eventually, the damage will become so bad that you’ll need the help of a professional. You can end up spending thousands of dollars to repair the damage or install a new roof entirely.
4. Ventilate & Insulate Your Attic
A vented attic in any climate is necessary. But in South Carolina, a vented attic can be the best thing for your home during the hot summer.
A vented attic forces hot air out of the attic and helps cool it down. In turn, it helps keep the rest of your home cooler and puts less strain on your air conditioner.
Though it doesn’t snow often in South Carolina, it’s a good idea to ventilate and insulate your attic.
Because it rains so much, an insulated attic can expel moisture and excess heat. It won’t release so much heat that it will cause frost or snow to melt and cause water leaks. But insulation will prevent ice dams from forming on the roof altogether.
Poor ventilation can also further damage to loose shingles. During high winds, poorly-ventilated roofs loosen shingles.
Talk to a professional roofer about whether you need to install better insulation. Depending on how old your house is, your insulation or ventilation system may need to be replaced. In any case, a professional roofer can determine the next best course of action.
Avoid & Prevent Damage to Your Roof Year-Round!
By keeping your gutters clean, trees trimmed, and your roof in good shape, you can avoid damage to your roof.
While you can do your part, sometimes you can’t control damage on your roof. In an area that’s as susceptible to storm damage as Greenville, serious roof damage is a common problem.
Not sure if your roof needs professional care and repair? Contact Davis Contracting for your free estimate today!