Living next to a golf course can be both a blessing and a curse. It offers a pretty high standard of living, scenic views of lush greens and beautiful landscapes, and of course, the peace and quiet that’s far from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Especially if you’re a golf lover, you enjoy easy access to the property.
But then it poses some risks, too. Your peace and quiet may be interrupted by a flying golf ball that’s about to smash your window or roof. Although the size of a golf is nothing compared to the massive size of your roof, its risks can never be underestimated. Despite its size, the laws of physics show that its weight and speed of travel are enough to cause damage to your house, particularly, the roof.
If you live close to a golf course, here are some of the roof issues that you’ll likely experience and must be aware of:
Broken roof tiles
Isn’t it annoying to see a dent or crack on your roof tile? A golf ball hitting your roof is inevitable if you live within the vicinity of a golf course, so accept that reality and be ready for any damage that it will cause to other parts of your house.
Roof tiles protect your home from external elements, and if they’re broken or dislodged, the cracks can cause water to enter and can result in leaks. If left undetected and unrepaired, leaky roofs can lead to worse problems such as damage to and molds on the ceiling.
Pests such as rats can enter your home through the cracks or gaps on the roof that’s hit by golf balls. Rats chew on plastic and wood, causing more damage to different parts of your house over time. Not to mention that they also carry germs that can cause diseases in your family.
To minimize the long-term effects of roof damage caused by golf balls, have your roof inspected every 6 months to 1 year and provide it treatment if necessary.
According to Dave Mustaine from Roofers Bristol UK a normal roof should be manually checked every years anyway. So if your property is near a golf course and regularly gets hit by stray drives then you should consider checking a little bit more often!