Taking care of the roof isn’t just about making sure it’s free from holes. Some factors are present only during certain times of the year. Knowing how to take care of the roof during each season can make the difference between a fully functional roof and something that could barely pass as one.

Before we get to season specific problems, you must first understand the various types of roofing damage that can happen any time of the year. Every single type of damage tends to start out small, but can quickly escalate to a major issue if not addressed as soon as possible.

Moisture

This is perhaps the most well-known type of roofing damage. Moisture-related damage usually comes in the form of leaks, and they often lead to other problems later on. Some roofing materials such as wood are extra vulnerable to moisture damage, while others are totally immune to it. However, any roofing material won’t protect you from moisture if it’s been compromised.

Wind

This type of roofing damage is closely associated with moisture damage because they often go hand-in-hand during hurricanes. Well-maintained roofs can easily withstand moderate winds, but strong ones can still tear tile or panel off the decking. In case that happens, the roof will be immediately vulnerable to a host of other roofing problems.

Animals

Your roof offers great protection against weather, and animals will take advantage of that fact. Animals that pose a threat to your roof can be anything from small insects to large birds and mammals. They could tear off parts of your roof, cause unsightly stains or rusting, and even damage your home’s insulation and wiring. Unfortunately, getting rid of them can be more difficult than repairing the damage done.

Physical impact

That overhanging branch may provide a nice shade during a sunny day, but it won’t do you any good if it breaks off and fall on your roof. If you’re living near a park or a baseball stadium, you’ve probably had your share of errant baseballs hitting your roof. Last but not least, hailstorms can happen any time of the year, and are bad news all around.

That’s about it for the general types of roof damage. Coming soon is Part 2, which will focus on roof repairs and maintenance during the warmer seasons.