5 Factors That Endanger Your Roof



Roof damage can be a big problem, especially in the Dallas/Fort Worth area which experiences all kinds of weather extremes, from wind and hail to rain and baking hot summers. Many things can contribute to roof damage. It’s important to control these factors to reduce the need for a complete roof replacement. Here are four common factors that can result in roof damage.

1.  Algae

Algae needs dampness and shade to thrive, which means it grows on wood shingles or shakes, as well as asphalt shingles that don’t receive a lot of sunlight. Roof algae tend to retain moisture, causing shingles to deteriorate and rot completely over time. Algae, characterized by its black-green coloring, also like the humid conditions that occur in gutters and downspouts.

2.     Moss

Moss also loves moisture, growing on wood shingles or shakes. As it grows, it gathers even more moisture, and eventually, your roofing materials will rot. This compromises your roof’s structural integrity, not to mention it looks unsightly.

3.     Mold

Mold, characterized by fuzzy black, brown or green spots or slimy film, loves damp and humid environments. And it spreads very quickly. Black mold is the most dangerous kind, living on wood, paper and drywall. If you don’t address this problem immediately, it can weaken the entire structure of your home. You’ll know it by its dark black color and musty, strong smell. Black mold is also toxic to humans, causing serious respiratory illnesses in those who occupy the building.

4.     Mildew

You’ll know mildew by its powdery consistency, and its green, black, red or pink coloring. It grows in warm, humid, rainy environments, commonly found on roofs with poor drainage or wherever trees hang over the roof line. Just like mold, it spreads quickly. Moss, mildew and mold can all eat away at your roofing materials and cause degradation over time.

5.  Wind and Hail

This area of Texas gets a lot of wind and hail storms, which can both do a number on your roof. Not only can they loosen nails and lift and shift shingles, all that blowing debris that hits your roof can puncture holes and knock shingles loose. Falling tree limbs can also hit your roof and cause holes, which can lead to leaks. It’s important to inspect your roof after every wind and hail storm and have any damage repaired right away by a professional.

Contact Ferris Roofing

To learn more about what causes roof damage, or to get a free quote on roofing, contact us at 817-440-3767. We can perform an inspection of your roof and suggest possible plans to correct the issue moving forward.