Your Roofs Worst Enemies

Our roofs are constantly exposed to the elements and we rely on them to keep the weather out of our homes. In order to properly take care of our roofs, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with your roofs worst enemies, so you are aware of what is likely to cause damage to you home. North Vancouver Roofers aim to keep you as informed as possible about what can harm your roof, and we offer excellent residential roof repair for both unfortunate damage as well as for general maintenance.

The sun

We may love the sun and the warmth it provides, but our roofs feel a little different. Not only can the sun heat and dry out your roof, causing it to crack and creating more problems, the UV light can cause the materials to deteriorate. Shingles become prone to degradation and will fade with prolonged exposure. To avoid these problems, it is worth investing in UV resistant shingles and ensuring that your roof has proper ventilation to cool it down on those hot summer days.


This is likely the first thing you thought of when you began reading this article. Water, if it penetrates through the resistant outer materials, can cause the growth of mold and mildew while at the same time rotting the wood in your roof and potentially compromising its structural integrity. A few ways to spot if water has gotten into your roof is to look for curled roofing shingles, shingle flakes in your gutters and mold in your attic or ceiling.


Trees can often play a useful roll in protecting our roofs from the elements, making them seem like the heroes of your yard, sheltering us from wind, rain, sun and snow. But they can be a double-edged sword if not properly maintained. If you fail to keep the trees surrounding your house trimmed, twigs and leaves can clog up and rot in your gutters while branches can scrape against your roof, loosening shingles and even causing them to dislodge and fall off. What’s worse is that thicker branches, in bad weather, have the potential to break off. If they’re heavy enough they can cause substantial damage to a roof so it’s always worth keeping your trees trimmed and safe.


Keeping with the theme of trimming your trees, another hazard they can cause is to give rodents easy access onto your roof. Not only can they potentially gain access to your home by making holes and taking shelter in your attic, they can also chew through wiring in your roof. This creates a potential fire hazard and is not something you want to take lightly. Debris in your gutters can also look like a comfortable nesting place for birds who will, in turn, bring more debris as they make themselves comfortable on your roof.

If you suspect that you may have become a victim of anything mentioned here, or simply want to make sure your roof avoids any potential damage, contact North Vancouver Roofing & Contracting today to set your mind at ease.

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