4 East Texas Roofing Problems (And How to Solve Them)

East Texas roofing problems

If you catch roofing problems early, it can save you a lot of money in the long run. Sometimes calling a roofing contractor for roof repair can make the difference between a simple fix and extensive water damage or the need for an entire roof replacement. Some roofing issues are more likely to occur than others in our area. Here are 4 of the most common East Texas roofing problems, with tips on how to solve them.

Overhanging Limbs

The Piney woods are full of beautiful trees that get more impressive year after year. However, they pose a threat to your roof. Overhanging limbs can rub against shingles, wearing off the protective granules that resist sun damage and moisture penetration. During a storm, those same limbs can knock shingles loose. A large limb causes serious damage if it falls.

Always keep your limbs trimmed back so none reach over your roof. Also, keep an eye on the trees near your home. If one starts to look unhealthy, talk to a tree expert about how to bring it back to health or have it removed.

Rodents and Other Pests

Winter is when your home is most vulnerable to pest infestation. Critters don’t want to be in the cold, wet East Texas weather any more than people do. They gnaw, claw and burrow their way indoors any way they can. In our area, homes experience infestation by bats, termites, beetles, ants, squirrels, mice and rats, cockroaches and other pests.

Bats and other rodents carry disease. They leave droppings in your attic that can become airborne and travel into your home’s living areas. Rodents chew through roofing materials, compromising waterproofing components. Once they get in your attic they also can chew through electrical insulation, creating a fire hazard.

Raccoons create massive holes. Termites undermine your home’s structural integrity. Almost all pests have an odor that can be hard to get rid of.

If you find pests are making themselves at home in your house, call a pest removal expert right away. We’re happy to take a look at your roof to make sure they haven’t done any damage, and we’ll do it for free.

Roof Leaks

This is the most frequent reason East Texas home and business owners call us. A roof leak doesn’t automatically mean you need a whole roof replacement. Often we provide roof repair that lasts for years, but it often takes an expert to track down the source of a leak.

Roof leaks can occur because of poor or faulty roofing material installation, improperly installed flashing, missing shingles and more. Water damage happens fast, so call a roofing contractor at the first sign of a roof leak.

Hail Damage

Have you ever wondered why hail damage is so serious? It may not look like much from the ground, but once hail knocks those tiny granules off your shingles, every impact becomes a weak spot in your roof. The sun’s UV rays drill in day after day, month after month making shingles brittle. Temperature changes cause them to start to curl and crack.

If you suspect hail damage, it’s always best to call for a roofing evaluation. Our roofing contractors can even talk you through filing a claim with your insurance company. Schedule your free roof assessment online today.