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Roof Care Basics – Why Do Roofs Deteriorate?

All roofs have a set amount of time where they can keep structures protected. Some roofs last for a couple of decades while others can last for much longer. Regardless, there will still come a point where a roof has to be replaced by a roofing company because of deterioration. What are the different factors that wear down a roof over time? Read on to find out.

Erosion and Corrosion

Rain, snow and even strong winds can cause an eroding effect on roofs, chipping small bits of ceramic tile or stripping the granules on the top surface of asphalt shingles. For metal roofs, water and other substances can cause the panels to rust and lose their structural strength. Erosion and corrosion also has a negative effect on the roof’s ability to withstand impact damage.

Extreme Temperatures

The temperature outside your home can drastically change depending on the time of the day. This is especially true during summers and winters where it can get very hot or very cold. These changes in temperature can cause roofing components to expand and contract, eventually getting warped and developing gaps along the seams that can compromise its weatherproofing capabilities.

Lack of Maintenance

Perhaps the only factor that is within the control of a property owner, inadequate maintenance can shave years or even decades off a roof’s lifespan. As existing problems remain unnoticed, and weakened parts are left vulnerable, the roof’s rate of deterioration greatly increases.

Time for a New Roof

When a roof has deteriorated enough, the only option is to have it completely replaced by a new one. Experts on free roof estimates say that a properly installed roof replacement can last much longer than an older roof, especially if it’s made of high-quality materials and if it gets inspected for signs of problems at least once a year.

Learn more about how to take care of your roof from our team of experts. Punum Roofing of Houston, Inc. is the leading roofing company in the area. You can call us at (713) 466-4447 or fill out this contact form to request a quote.