The Enemies of Roofs Part 1

When you’re in a war, it’s important to know who your enemies are. You definitely don’t want to harm your own army, nor do you want to harm innocent people. Knowing how to identify the enemy is crucial if you are to fight them and win. In the roofing industry, roofs have enemies. These bad guys are bent on infiltrating your roof and causing problems that could end up costing you an arm and a leg.

Texas Star Roofing, a local roofer in North Dallas, will identify your roof’s worst enemies so you can combat them and eliminate them before they cause irreparable harm. Contact us today for your no-obligation, free estimate!


  • The sun. Despite sun-worshipers both past and present, the sun’s rays are one of your roof’s worst enemies. UV rays can cause your roof to fade and deteriorate. What’s more, this deterioration can be uneven if the sun shines prominently on one portion of your home over another, which will give your home an uneven look. Here in Texas where the sun shines most of the year, it can get hot, and your roof can easily dry out and crack. Proper ventilation where cool air can reach your roof will help to cool it down. The sun’s UV rays can also speed up the breakdown of your asphalt shingles chemically by speeding up oxygen molecules that then bond with the carbon in your shingles. Investing in UV-resistant shingles will significantly slow down this breakdown process. One other process with shingles here in the Texas sun is roof expansion, which happens with temperature fluctuations. This usually only affects your roof if it wasn’t properly installed. Texas Star Roofing in Dallas, a residential roofing company, can perform a free routine roof inspection to check for any signs of roof damage from the sun.
  • Rain. Water is your roof’s second-biggest enemy. When water penetrates your shingles, shakes, or other roofing materials, it reaches the inner layers of your roof that are not resistant to water. Water can cause wood to rot, and excessive moisture can cause mold and mildew to grow, which is harmful to your health. Once water gets through your roof, it can affect all areas of your home, such as your walls, ceilings, insulation, and electrical wiring. Curled shingles are a sign of water penetration as well as mold in your attic and granules from your shingles in your gutters. If you suspect roof damage from water or rain, call Texas Star Roofing, a commercial roofing company, for a free roof inspection.
  • Wind. The main damage from wind is ripping off shingles, which then exposes your roof to even more weather-related damage, which could then affect the structural integrity of your roof and home. High winds can lift shingles and either tear them off completely or loosen them. If you find any shingles, especially after a Texas windstorm, lying around your yard, it’s time to have your roof inspected by Texas Star Roofing.
  • Snow and ice. The Dallas-Fort Worth area does see snow and ice and has its fair share of freezing temperatures in the winter. When it does snow, ice dams can become a real problem. An ice dam is a layer of ice on your roof, usually around the eaves, that forms when snow on your roof melts, flows down your roof, and then refreezes. This causes a buildup of ice at the edge of your roof. As this process continues to happen, the water flowing down from the center of your roof eventually is stopped and pools behind this layer of ice. Having nowhere else to go, this water can then leak into your roof, which can then damage your walls and ceilings. With proper roof ventilation, which works to keep your roof one temperature, thereby eliminating the melting you see and then the freezing and attic insulation, which keeps the heat from your home where it belongs — in your home and not your roof — you’ll eliminate ice dams altogether. Invest in gutter cleaning as well in the fall, which will help water drain from your roof, further preventing the formation of ice dams. Give Texas Star Roofing, your local roofer in Dallas, a call if you suspect you have an ice dam.

As a homeowner, it’s your job to protect your roof from its enemies. With proper care and maintenance of your roof, it will continue to do its job of protecting you and everything within expertly. Texas Star Roofing, a residential roofing company, advises having your residential or commercial roof inspected at least once a year to spot any little issues with your roof before they become major (and costly) repairs down the road. We offer a no-obligation roof inspection and roof estimate service for both your home and business. If you’re in the Plano or greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, give us a call today at (972) 200-9426. We’d be happy to help!