The inside scoop to your roof and bad weather
Severe weather takes a toll on roads, bridges, cars, and homes. Sooo why not your roof as well??
Everything from wind, rain, to hail to ice to snow can cause various degrees of damage. With a little help, you can be ready for these weather-related events to protect your roof and be ready for possible repairs.
It can have a large impact on your roof. The winds can blow debris onto your roof, causing damage from impact, or the wind itself can tear up shingles making your roof more prone to leaks. Losing shingles can also raise your energy bills by decreasing the energy efficiency of your roof.
Most roofs are built to sustain heavy rains, but that doesn’t mean they won’t experience water damage. If your roof has a missing shingle, or even the tiniest of cracks, rain could leak inside your home. Damp environments can also result in moss and mold growth, which can take years off your roof’s lifespan. Even if there hasn’t been a major rainstorm recently, make sure to eyeball your roof every now and then so you can hire a professional to tackle any breaks or growth before the situation worsens.
This is probably the most notable example of severe weather that can damage your roof. Large hail can cause immediate damage to the structure of your roof. However, even small hail can ding up your shingles. This will decrease your roof’s lifespan and can even make your roof more prone to leaks.
Snow and ice
These two can lead to serious issues as well. Heavy snow weighs a lot and can cause your roof to start sagging. Ice, on the other hand, can form on your roof and slowly melt after a period of time. Usually when this occurs, it will refreeze near the bottom of your roof, causing ice dams to form. Ice dams prevent your roof from draining properly, which can cause leaks and lead to structural problems in your home.