The Enemies of a High-Quality Roof

Because every home needs a roof, it is important to understand the conditions and elements that can lead to damage. Contact Knox Roofing for any roofing concern in Monterey or Los Gatos.

Snow and Ice

Winter weather can wreak havoc on a home's roof. For starters, heavy and wet snow that is common in the northeastern parts of the country can lead to structural damage and even the roof collapsing. Consequently, when the snow begins to pile up on the roof it is important to hire a contractor that will come and remove it. While a homeowner could save money by attempting to do it themselves, this is usually a recipe for disaster.


In California, the beautiful weather is often a person's best friend; however, for a roof it can lead to many problems. Unfortunately, the heat and ultraviolet rays emitted by the soon can cause the roof to deteriorate slowly over time. Typically, deterioration will be faster on the sides of a home that face towards the south and west. Because of this risk, it is always a good idea to consult with a professional roofer in Monterey or a roofer in Los Gatos for information on how to mitigate the threat of exposure from the sun.

Leaves and Other Debris

Not only do leaves on a roof retain moisture that can cause root, but also they can block gutters and lead to substantial drainage and leakage problems. As a result, homeowners should clean their gutters at least twice a year with particular emphasis placed during the Fall when many trees are losing their leaves. In addition, pay careful attention to any trees with limbs that hang precariously close to a home. A damaging wind or rain storm could cause a tree branch to fall on the roof and cause substantial damage.

Moss and Algae

Homeowners with wood shingles are particularly at risk of moisture related problems from the growth of moss and/or algae. Because moss retains moisture, it can lead to rotting roof shingles and even damage to the home's structure. Given that moss is attracted to the shade, it is important to clear low hanging branches away from the roof to give it optimal sunlight.

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