3 Surprising Sources Of Nature That Will Damage Your Roof

The asphalt shingles on your roof can sustain damage from some surprising sources of nature. Below you'll learn what three things you might have on your shingles right now that's ruining your roof.

Ivy

If ivy is growing up the side of your house and the vines reach your roof, you have damaged shingles. English ivy is a common species of ivy that often grows on houses. This aggressive vine can grow up to 80 feet in height.  

When the tendrils of the plant reach your roof, they grow underneath the asphalt shingles. This causes the shingles to become loose and lift up.

The ivy also seeks out cracks in your shingles. When the vine finds a split, it grows into and widens the fissure. When it rains, water seeps into these cracks and can cause your roof to leak.

To remove the ivy from your house and roof, follow the steps below.

  1. Before removing the plant, spray it with a water hose to soften the stems so it will be easier to cut.
  2. Begin removing the ivy by working from the top of the plant, which is on your roof.
  3. Gently pull the vines out from under the shingles. Do not yank the vine as this could cause you to rip the shingles off your roof. Take your time so that you don't cause any more damage to your roofing shingles.
  4. After you've pulled the ivy out from underneath your shingles, pull it down off the side of your house.
  5. Use shears to cut the ivy into pieces so that it's easier to manage.

After removing the ivy from your house and roof, place it on the ground in the sunshine to dry up before disposal. If it's not a sunny day, place the ivy into a large trash bag and seal the bag to suffocate the plant.

Moss

Areas of your roof that are damp and shady provide the ideal atmosphere for moss to grow. Moss damages your roof by breaking down the components in the asphalt shingles. As the shingles fracture, water leaks down into the cracks and onto the wooden roof deck, which causes it to rot.

Moss will grow beneath the shingles and raise them up off the roofing platform. High winds can catch the corners of the raised shingles and blow them off the roof.

To clean the moss off your roof, combine four ounces of dishwashing detergent with one gallon of water and scrub your roof with a long-handled brush.

Avoid subsequent moss growth by installing copper flashing on the ridge of your roof. Copper molecules are deadly to moss and when it rains, the molecules from the metal wash down your roof.

Pine Needles

If you have pine trees hanging over your house, you have pine needles on your roof. When pine needles fall, the wind blows them into the valleys on your roof. When it rains, the pine needles soak up the water and the shingles underneath the needles remain wet.

This constant moisture causes your asphalt shingles to deteriorate and the wooden platform underneath your shingles will decay. Large clumps of pine needles will cause excess weight on these areas of your roof, which will weaken the wooden decking.

Clean the pine needles off your roof by using a long handled brush. Prevent more needles from falling on your roof by cutting back the pine tree branches that grow over your roof.

After removing the ivy, moss or pine needles from your roof and following the preventive measures, your roof will be safe from these sources of nature. If you suspect that you already have roof damage, contact a roofing contractor at a site like http://www.palmerroofing.net for an inspection and roof repair.


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