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Common Causes of Roofing Damage

Common Causes of Roofing Damage

When roofing damage occurs, it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible, before the problem gets worse and causes further damage to your home. Fortunately, a well-built roof can withstand many of the pressures it faces from exposure to the elements, but there are some common types of roof damage that homeowners should be on the lookout for. Taking action quickly will protect your property and minimize the costs of repairs. Here are some of the potential causes of roof damage that you should look out for.


As you might expect, weather is one of the biggest threats to roofing. Wind is the most likely to be damaging, since it can lift roof tiles, bring down tree branches, and in the case of extreme weather, even lift the entire roof. Long periods of hot, dry weather and intense sunshine can cause roof tiles to become brittle, crack, and break. Excessive rain can weaken your roof, while snow can be heavy enough to make it cave in. You can’t do much to prevent weather from affecting your roof, but always inspect it for damage after a major event.


Animals are to blame for many cases of roof damage. Birds, from woodpeckers to pigeons, can cause damage, as can rats, mice, squirrels, and even raccoons. One way to reduce the risk of animal-related damage to your roof is to make sure any open cracks and crevices are closed. If you have persistent problems, call a pest control company.


Gutters play an important role in protecting your home from water damage. If they are clogged or not installed properly, then they can allow water to build up on your roof, causing rotting, mold, and more. Getting your gutters cleaned regularly will help.

If you need roof repairs or replacement in Milltown, call Rapid Roofing. Their fully insured company has more than 30 years of experience and can provide references. Speak to a roofer today by calling (715) 781-5035.

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