The roof is one of the most vulnerable parts of your home. It is the first to be affected by weather conditions, so it needs regular checkups and maintenance to provide you with complete safety at all times.
Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of roofs damaged by severe weather. Because of that, we want to make all our homeowners aware of what kind of damage you can expect with different kinds of weather – so that you can be on the lookout and deal with them on time.
So if you live in an area commonly affected by bad weather, here’s what you need to know about some common roof damages caused by severe weather.
How Do High Winds Affect the Roof?
Your roof can get damaged during high winds even without the presence of other harmful weather. Strong wind gusts usually cause the nails to get loose, split and damage chimney flashing, cause curling and peeling shingles, or blow the shingles off completely. Damaged or missing shingles can, in turn, lead to leaks that pose a threat to the inside of your home.
In addition, high winds can cause tree branches to fall and damage your roof. This can lead to serious impact damages and devastating consequences for your home. Cutting and trimming any overhanging trees is, therefore, always a good idea.
How Does Rain Affect the Roof?
A rainstorm can take advantage of any exposed areas in your roof, such as missing shingles and flashing, and let the rainwater enter the attic and other parts of your home. It can also collect in uneven parts of the roof (ponding water) and weaken its structure. The severity of the rainfall combined with the already damaged or weakened roof may cause water to seep into your house, leading to costly repairs.
To prevent water from eating away the roofing and building materials, or leaking into your home, make sure to have your roof inspected and repaired regularly, especially if you know a big storm is coming.
How Does Hail Affect the Roof?
Hailstorms can be among the most devastating storms as they can cause significant structural damage to your roof, depending on the size and intensity of the storm. While small, fast-hitting hailstones wear down the granules and crack the shingles, larger ones can make significant dents and holes in the roof’s infrastructure.
If left untreated, the roof’s damage may turn into big problems that might require costly roof replacements to fix them. Therefore, as soon as the storm is over, make sure to call in your roofer to check for any damages and deal with them as quickly as possible.
How Do Snow and Ice Affect the Roof?
While it may be nice and cozy to look at the snowfall, your roof may not always agree with it. The weight of the snow can cause the roof to sag, bend your gutters, or even lead to more serious structural issues. And the melting snow will behave the same as rainwater – it will collect in the roof’s weak points and cause leaks.
Moreover, extreme cold will cause the melting snow to turn into ice. This can lead to ice dam formation on your roof, as well as icicles, both of which can endanger the health and structural stability of your roof.
Beat the Bad Weather With Peak Roofing!
Weather conditions affect your roof and cause damages over time. Therefore, we advise homeowners to hire an expert roofing contractor to inspect and repair the roof both before and immediately after a severe storm.
Don’t wait for the damages to get worse, contact your experienced roof repair company Grapevine today!