Your roof is your first defense in protecting your home from severe weather. If you live in an area that experiences weather events such as heavy snowfalls, hailstorms, strong winds, downpours, hurricanes, or extreme heat, knowing how weather impacts your roofing material, will help you decide when to repair or replace your roof before more serious damage happens.
1. Rain and Water Damage
Many homeowners assume that their roof can withstand water damage from heavy rain or storms. Although roofs are seldom damaged by normal rainfall, if your roof is not in good condition, i.e., has missing tiles, cracked shingles or was improperly installed, water can leak into to your structure or home and cause extensive damage.
2. Strong Wind Damage
Strong, fast-moving winds are a common cause of roof damage. Roof tiles and shingles can loosen and fall off, making a home susceptible to leaks. Strong winds can damage both the roof the roof's wooden frame. If you suspect damage, large or small, have your roof inspected, and repair any damage quickly.
3. Falling Tree, Branch and Debris Damage
Large trees near your home represent potential property damage from extreme weather events. Broken branches, airborne debris are frequent causes of roof damage. Falling trees, especially, can cause serious damage to roofing shingles, tiles and roofing frames. Tree damage to your roof should be fixed quickly to prevent rain entering your roof's structure and home.
4. Sun and Heat Damage
In Southwestern states, or areas with very hot summers, roof damage from the sun's prolonged, intense heat is common. Roofs with lengthy exposure to the sun age faster than roofs in milder environments. Roofing materials such as tiles and shingles can curl up, tear, crack, and even fall off. Heat damage to a roof can affect the home's structural ventilation, which will raise the interior temperature of the home.
5. Heavy Snow Damage
Many homeowners are unaware of the damage heavy snow on a roof will cause if it not removed. Snow build-up can cause cracks in a roof's rafters, and large ridges of ice at the roof's edge can prevent melting snow from reaching the gutter, resulting in roof leaks. Heavy snow accumulation on a weakened roof can cause it to cave in or completely collapse. Having a roofing specialist remove excessive snow and ice from a roof after a snowstorm is crucial.
6. Hailstone Damage
Hailstorms occur in many areas during the spring and cause millions of dollars in structural damage. Whatever type of roof you have, hailstones can create fractures in roofing materials that could potentially weaken the entire roof. Small cracks can get bigger over time, causing parts of a roof to crack, tear or fall off. To help prevent hailstone damage, choose a durable roofing material and have your roof inspected after a major hailstorm.
Protect Your Home with Regular Roof Inspections
Waiting for a future storm to inform you that you need to repair or replace your roof, may be a regrettable decision. Having a roofing professional check for age and weather-related damage, whether there has been a recent weather event or not, will help you maintain a safe, well-functioning home.