Your Roof vs The Elements - Impacts of Weather Conditions on Roofing
Your roof has a very important role: to protect your home structure and all your home contains from the elements. The weather has an impact on your roof and how well it holds up. If your have been putting off a roof inspection, it is time to get it done. Taking care of repairs early on can prevent structural damage or water from getting into your home. It is less costly than replacing the entire roof too.
Weather can harm your roof. Types of damage depends on many variables including the weather where you reside and the materials on your roof. A great roofing company will complete repairs or replace a roof with the best materials for your location and the expected type of weather there. The more protection in place, the less damage the weather can do.
The wind can be a challenge for your roof, depending on the force of it. Some regions have high winds regularly. In other areas, the wind blows at slower speeds so it isn't a huge factor. There can be sudden storms that cause the wind speeds to double or triple what they normally would be. The wind can cause shingles and other materials to come off the roof. This leaves those areas of the roof vulnerable to rotting and water getting into the structure.
The sunlight can cause damage to your roof. The hotter it is, the more likely such damage will occur. In some regions, the temperatures soar into triple digits over the summer months. It can still be warm in the fall and winter months. Such areas tend to be desert locations and the scorching heat can cause roofing materials to become brittle, crack, and break off.
Snow and Ice
It probably comes as no surprise that snow and ice can take a toll on your roof. When the snow and ice linger, the moisture can get into the layers of roofing. If part of the roof is damaged, it allows the moisture to get deeper into the layers or leak into the structure of the home. This can cause support beams of the structure to rot and become weak. It can also allow water to get inside of the structure, causing damage and ruining items.
It can take days for snow and ice to melt off a roof when the temperatures remain cold. This increases the risk of damage to the roof. The weight of the snow and ice can create problem areas. The roof may not be able to support that weight well, and those weak areas are going to be the first to leak.
April showers bring May flowers, but too much rain brings trouble for your roof. Heavy rainfall can cause damage to the roof because of the force and the amount of water. Damaged or missing shingles leave the rest of the roof vulnerable to water getting into the structure.
The size and force of hail can beat up a roof fast. It is often combined with high winds and heavy rains. All of this can be too much for a roof to handle, especially if it has some damage before the hail storm occurring.
Take Care of Roofing Problems Immediately
You should have your roof inspected by a professional at least once a year. This will identify any problems and they can take care of necessary repairs. Ideally, you should get it inspected every six months. It should also be inspected after a natural disaster or a severe storm. If you see shingles or other roofing materials on the ground, you need it investigated immediately!
If your roof is in need of inspection or you have experienced any weather damage, give us a call today!