Foot traffic is the main reason for roof punctures. This includes service personnel such as, plumbers, satellite technicians and roofing technicians who are not careful with their tools. Walking on the roof can cause can cause sharp or blunt punctures to the roof. To prevent this from happening, limit foot traffic on the roof to professionals only and consider using a log sheet for tracking contractors and service personnel who work on your roof. Also, only hire highly trained and experienced people when heavy items are used on a roof.
Wildlife can also cause punctures in your roof membrane. Some of the main culprits include squirrels, woodpeckers, ravens and crows, who leave scratches and peck at the roof until reaching insulation. There is not much you can do about wildlife on your roof but there are a couple preventatives that could help. To deter animals from taking an interest in your home, keep the exterior free of trash and clutter. Birds enjoy nesting in gutters and drains because it provides a warm and safe location, however this is not good for the homeowner. Clogged gutters can result in water not able to properly drain which will result in roof leaks. Hire a roofing contractor to periodically check and clean your gutters.
Bad Weather and debris, like tree branches, is another reason for punctures in your roof. When punctures happen during strong rainstorms, there’s the risk for major roof leakage that can severely damage the interiors of homes and buildings. Although you cant prevent weather from happening, there are steps to take to make sure your home is protected. You can start by trimming tree limbs and vegetation around your building as this can help in preventing wind-borne debris from hitting your roof.
If a shingle or tile is damaged or missing, or a metal roof has a hole in it, this gap in your roof’s protective covering will allow water to enter the interior of your roof. Visible damage is one of the more serious problems a roof can have and requires immediate repair. Contact a roofing contractor as soon as you see an punctures in your roofing system.
The wear and tear of years of storms, sunlight, and other environmental factors can cause your roof to crack, leading directly to roof leaks. No roof lasts forever. While some types of roof have a longer life expectancy than others, sooner or later all roofs need repair or replacing. If you are not sure when your roof was installed or its been 10+ years since a roof replacement, you may want to consider getting a roof replacement. To avoid this in the future, hire a roofing contractor to do a roof inspection every 6 months and get a warranty for any future problems that may arise.
Clogged gutters is another cause of roof leaks. If your gutters are clogged, they can’t do their job of keeping water off your roof. When this happens, you can wind up with damage to your shingles, fascia, or even structural problems. This might not be the first thing you think of when you realize you must figure out how to find a roof leak, but this is a common culprit. If not cleaned properly, you could damage your home. To avoid this from happening, hire a trusted roofing specialist to clean your gutters once to twice a year.