Two Things That Are Silently Killing Your Roof

Wind forces, hailstorms, and falling trees can cause instant roof damages that are immediately visible. However, there are other forms of roof damages that you may not notice immediately, but they are there all the same. Here are two forms of such damages, and how to deal with them:

Foot Traffic

Do you know that walking on the roof damages it? Sure, you may not notice the damage the first time you walk on the roof, but it will become noticeable after years of walking on the roof. The constant friction wears out the roof's surface, crushes the insulation, and causes tiny cracks that all add up to serious damages after some time.

The best way to prevent foot traffic damage is not to walk on the roof. However, this isn't possible because you may need to go up on the roof at times, for example, to perform inspections or make some installations. Prevent damages during such necessary trips by sticking to designated walkways. Get a roofing contractor to install framed or padded walkways on designated places so that the rest of the roof isn't affected.

Weather Elements

Some weather elements, such as hailstorms, may cause immediate damage to the roof. Others, such as temperature and moisture, may cause silent damage to your roof.  For example, many roofing materials expand when the temperature rises and contract when the temperature falls. Repeated fluctuations weaken the materials, which may lead to cracks, joint expansions and, separation of flashing and general deterioration of the roof.  

Moisture, on the other hand, causes roof damage in more ways than one. For example, water in tiny roof cracks expands when temperatures fall to freezing levels; the expansions increase the sizes of the cracks. Moisture also encourages metal corrosion and wood rot; both things weaken the roof.

The best way to protect the roof from temperature damage is to decrease its surface temperature so that it doesn't expand much even when the air temperature rises. Reflective paints, roofing shingles or sheet covering can all keep your roof cool and reduce the temperature-related damage. As for moisture damage, waterproofing the roof can help by ensuring that the moisture doesn't get into any cracks on the roof.

Don't assume that your roof is perfect just because you haven't noticed any signs of damage on it. Rather, take the preemptive measures outlined above to keep these forms of silent damage at bay. Talk to a company like Emerald Roofing for more advice on how to preserve your roof's integrity.