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St Louis Roofing: Article About Common Causes Of Roof Damage

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Homeowners and business owners count on their roofs to keep them dry and to prevent water intrusion that can damage the building and their possessions. Only an intact roof will keep rain out of the building, but there are many things that can damage a roof and cause it to leak. A quality St Louis roofing company can repair any damage that occurs, but homeowners and business owners who know the common causes of roof damage can help prevent damage before it occurs.

Although it is often overlooked, vegetation such as branches and leaves can cause problems if left on a roof. Rotting branches can invite insects and other critters to take up residence, and their activity can wear away roofing tiles and shingles or otherwise put holes in the roof. In the right conditions, seeds can sprout and begin to put out roots into the roof, leading to cracks and crevices through which water can enter the home. Keeping the roof clear of vegetation, therefore, is key to preventing roof damage.

Property owners should also be on the lookout for the accumulation of snow and ice during the winter.

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After a heavy snowfall, the weight of accumulated snow can cause bowing in a roof and harm its structural integrity. Also, the weight of snow that gets trapped in gutters can cause the gutters to pull away from the roof, bringing portions of the roof to which the gutters are attached along with them. Making sure the roof does not get overloaded with heavy ice and snow can keep this damage from occurring and ensure that water stays out of the home.

High winds are another potential problem that property owners might face. During a major storm, wind can cause the roof to lift from the joists and walls, creating space for water to penetrate the structure. Even if the roof lifts just a few millimeters, significant damage can result. Roof inspections before and after heavy wind activity will show whether or not there has been structural damage to the roof.

One final but often overlooked cause of roof damage is standing water. When water pools on the roof and sits there, algae can start growing, which can eat away at the roofing if it is not promptly addressed. When property owners start noticing water pooling on their roof, it is time to take action to make sure that the water can drain away.

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