The spring thaw can bring a number of unique environmental factors with it, from heavy rains and falling debris to wild temperature swings, all of which can cause a great deal of wear and tear to your roofing materials. Understanding some of the most common forms of roofing damage which you may experience throughout the spring season can help you identify issues early so that you can get in touch with a roofing company early on before the damage can turn into serious structural issues that allow water damage to occur within your home.
1. Algae Growth
A combination of warm weather and heavy amounts of humidity and rainfall can allow algae to grow on your roofing shingles. Algae is not like moss or mold, in that it is much thinner and can be hard to spot. However, algae will likely cause some sort of staining or discoloration on your shingles, either a dark green or black, that will be easily distinguishable from the rest of your roof. Algae can eat away at your shingles, speeding up the rate at which you will have to replace them, and can also be a slipping hazard for you when working on your roof.
2. Pest Residency
Another common problem that can affect your roof in the springtime is the presence of insects, birds, and rodents in your gutters and on your roof. Squirrels and birds can also take up residence in your chimney, and if your roof has suffered from particularly extensive damage, bats can even take up residence inside of your attic. If you notice the presence of any nests around your roof, or have spotted birds, rodents, insects, or any other animal constantly moving around or on your roof, you likely have a nest or infestation and will have to contact animal or pest control specialists in addition to a roofing contractor to fix your issue.
3. Clogged Gutters and Flooding
Finally, spring downpours can cause a great deal of debris to fall onto your roof and into your gutters. This can cause water damage within your home, and flooding in your yard and basement. Keep an eye out for signs of worn down siding, which points to water overflowing from the sides of your gutters, and signs of erosion or flooding in your yard, which points to improper drainage. Cleaning your gutters out to ensure proper drainage, and extending your downspouts to areas far away from the side of your home and into an area of proper drainage can help reduce the risk of water damage to the interior of your home.
For more information, contact a company like Golden Spike Roofing.
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