The roof is designed to protect the house from damages, but the problem with the roof is that it is also susceptible to the very elements it shields you and yours from. Roofing is not indestructible, and it needs proper maintenance right from the moment you replace or repair it. The weather of all kinds will have an impact on your roof.
As a homeowner, knowing which type of weather has what implications can help you better maintain your roofing and prevent catastrophic damage to your home.
Straight line winds, powerful gales, and wind paired with precipitation cause havoc everywhere. The stronger winds get, the more chances debris has to be flung onto the roof and rip at the shingles. Roofing can get weaker under sustained force winds, and as shingles and tiles begin to peel off the roof, it leaves a window open for moisture to get inside. If you’ve recently experienced a severe storm, you’re advised to check the condition of the roof to make sure everything is still in place.
Since roofs exist to sheet water off, you wouldn’t think that water could damage the roof so easily; but as many a homeowner will tell you, water damage from imperceptible cracks in the roof happen frequently. Water doesn’t damage the roof alone. Other elements are often at play, such as tree damage, dings from hail, cracking, foundation shifting, heat damage, and even improper installation. Routinely check you roof to make sure everything is in good condition. If you notice any water damage on the ceilings of your home, consider calling a professional as soon as you can for an inspection.
Cold Weather Damage:
Anywhere that receives ice and snow means that the shingles, fascia, soffits, gutters, and downspouts on your home could be damaged. When ice and snow accumulate, the weight puts a massive burden on the structure of the roof. Eaves can bend, gutters can pull away from the fascia and siding, and soon you have moisture leaking into the vulnerable interior of your home. Because maintaining your roof in cold weather can be dangerous and you probably don’t have the tools to deal with snow and ice on the shingles and in the gutters, consider hiring a professional roofing contractor for assistance in emergencies. Additionally, be sure to check your roof every autumn to ensure there are no cracks or missing shingles.
Hot Weather Damage:
Certain states see sweltering heat levels. Just like extreme cold, scorching temperatures will do a number to the shingles and other roofing components of your home. When shingles are being installed, you need to take care that the bundles aren’t left out in the blistering rays. Always store unused home materials safely. Once your shingles have been installed, you need to constantly watch out for tiles and shingles that curl up, crack, and tear.
Weather patterns are unpredictable—but you can predict that there will be some kind of damage. Since weather can worsen, so too can the condition of your roof. Knowing what damages can result from certain weather patterns will help you protect your household and prepare for any situations that might call for repair. Checking the condition regularly is the first step.