Your roof is arguably the most important part of your house. It stands as a shield against the elements, protecting you and your family, all your belongings, and the rest of the house from harm. As a homeowner, you want to take care of your roof so that it continues to do its job for many years to come.
Although South Carolina’s climate make it a great place to live, it can be rough on your roof. Here are some of the biggest hazards to your roof and how to mitigate them.
Top Threats to Your South Carolina Roof
- Hurricanes and tropical storms
While there’s not much you can do to avoid severe weather, an annual roof inspection can discover areas of your roof that are vulnerable to high winds and heavy rains, such as loose shingles and covering materials. This can help you to make the necessary repairs before they become bigger — and more expensive — problems.
- High humidity and moisture
Excessive water in any form is one of the biggest causes of roofing deterioration. It can weaken and loosen shingles, allow for mold and algae buildup, and eventually rot structural elements. Keep a close eye out for signs of water damage and ask your local roofing professional for advice on how to address it.
- Sun exposure
Ultraviolet rays from direct sunlight will also deteriorate your roof over time, especially in the South. Watch for signs of advanced damage such as excessive fading of your shingles as well as shingle material collecting in your gutters and downspouts.
- Tree and debris damage
Tree limbs falling on your roof and debris being blown around by high winds can do a lot of damage in a short period of time. Trim back overhanging limbs, remove nearby weakened or diseased trees, and clean up any potential flying debris before a storm hits.
The humid South Carolina climate is conducive to the growth of moss, and it can be very harmful to your roof. Moss destroys your roof by sending roots into the structure and by collecting and holding moisture, leading to mold, mildew and shingle deterioration. Eliminating shade and ensuring adequate roof drainage will help to inhibit moss development.
- Lack of maintenance
Not keeping up with maintenance on your roof is one of the surest ways to shorten its life and cause damage to your home. Loose or missing shingles and clogged gutters and downspouts should be repaired promptly before major damage occurs.
Be proactive about protecting your roof with regular inspections, especially after severe weather, and timely repairs. Contact Adams & Coe today.