How the Weather Can Damage Your Roof
Like most people, you may feel like you don’t have time to think enough about your roof. You may need to change that a bit. Just because you don’t see the top of it day to day doesn’t mean it’s doing fantastic. The weather makes a large impact on any roof out there. What exactly does that mean?
Tornados can certainly damage your roof, but that’s not just type of weather disturbance you need to worry about. Something as innocent-seeming as a rainstorm-or even mere strong winds-can be all it takes to put your roof in disarray. But how, you may ask?
Those edges of your roof deal with the most wind pressure compared to other parts of your roof. What this means is that in time, the roofing material will gradually loosen because of the strong winds. So whenever those strong winds come around again, they will push the loose material up, and what begins is a chain peeling effect. And as soon as even a tiny area of insulation is exposed, your roof can start leaking. Sometimes, the wind will even carry harmful debris with it – tree branches, glass, etc. – which can damage your roof further.
Torrential rains can wear out your roofing material over time. This means shingles could be falling off or moisture could be getting into the underlayment. If this moisture is allowed to build up, you could end up with rot and mold in your home. This is not only unhealthy for everyone, but it can degrade the house’ structural integrity too. Additionally, rainwater can collect on those flat sections of your roof. And the longer it remains there, the more water damage is likely.
Hail can destroy your roof in many different ways. One, it can cause cracks on your shingles. In certain cases, they could be shattered into pieces. Even with mere small dents or granules, hail can cut their life short. The shingles provide protection to the rest of your roof against UV rays and other destructive outdoor elements. Broken shingles put at risk every single component of your roof.
Finding Help from a Professional Roofer
Have you inspected your roof for any signs of weather damage? You may want to make put that high on your list of priorities as a homeowner. In fact, you might have to do that regularly, and not just when you remember it. If you just came out of heavy rains and strong winds, you should immediately have your roof inspected professionally. Emphasis on “professionally.” No matter how much you think you know about your roof, it would be best to trust no one but a trained and experienced expert.