Common Causes Of Hole In The Roof

5 March 2018
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Holes in the roof are some of the worst kinds of damage that your house can experience; it will lead to roof leaks plus associated damages. Here are some of the reasons roofs develop holes:

Storm Damage

There are many ways in which a storm can damage your roof, and some of them may end up leaving holes in your roof. For example, a storm can rip of a section off the roof, rip of roof flashing or even rip off a few roof shingles. It's also possible for big and powerful hailstones to drive holes through the roof, especially if the roof is aging and weak.

Nail Damage

There are different ways in which nail issues can create holes on the roof. For example, poor workmanship during roofing repairs (typically DIY repairs) may create holes if you accidentally drive nails in the wrong places. It's also possible for old and rusty nails to have spaces around them due to the effect of corrosion.

Tree Damage

If you have trees around your house, you need to ensure that they are strong and not likely to fall anytime soon. This calls for removing weak trees (such as the diseased ones or the storm-damaged ones) and trims damaged or weak tree limbs. Otherwise, they may fall on the roof and cause serious damage including holes in the roof.

Roof Installations

Roof installations such as communication gear (think satellite dishes or television antenna) and rooftop HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) can also create holes in the roof. This may happen due to poor installation, malfunction or damage. For example, poor removal of an old satellite dish can easily leave a hole on the roof.

Penetrations and Projections

Roof penetrations and projections are some of the most common causes of roof leaks. Penetrations such as chimneys, skylights, and vents should be properly constructed and maintained if they are to remain structurally sound. For example, the flashing and seals around the projections and penetrations need to be properly installed so that they don't open up at the slightest threat, for example, during a storm.

Wear And Tear

Lastly, an accumulation of small issues from regular wear and tear can also end up causing holes in the roof. For example, water damage can cause sections of the roof to corrode or rust, which may cause holes on the roof in the long run.

A good roof maintenance program should help you preempt roof damages and keep holes at bay. All isn't lost, however, if the damage has already occurred; a roofing company can help you plug the holes and prevent further damage. To learn more, contact a company like Melton Industries LLC