How the Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Your Roof
If you’re like most folks, you likely don’t spend so much time thinking about your roof. You may need to change that a bit. Just because you can’t view the top part of it every day doesn’t mean it’s still all good. The weather leaves such a big impact on the condition of your roof or any roof for that matter. So what does that mean in particular?
Tornados can undeniably destroy your roof, but that’s hardly the only weather problem you need to consider. 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 roof edges get more wind pressure than any other part of your roof. Which means, as time goes by, strong winds will work the roofing material loose. 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. In some cases, damaging debris such as tree branches, leaves or even glass, can end up on your roof, thanks to the wind.
Heavy downpours can eventually wear out your roofing material. This can lead to shingles falling off or moisture reaching the underlayment. With moisture accumulating, mold and rot can develop 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 you leave it there, the more it will damage your roof.
Hail can destroy your roof in many different ways. One, you shingles can crack. Worse, they can even break into pieces. Even with mere small dents or granules, hail can cut their life short. The shingles are there to protect the rest of your roof from ultraviolet rays and other damage-causing outdoor elements The shingles are meant to shield the rest of your roof from the sun’s UV rays and other damaging outdoor elements. Should they break, everything part of your roof is at risk.
Finding Help from a Professional Roofer
Have you given your roof a weather damage check? 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 experienced torrential rains and strong winds, you should get your roof professionally checked right away. “Professionally,” with emphasis. Even if you think you know your roof, no one knows it better than a trained and experienced expert.