The roof is one of the most vulnerable structures of your home. A correctly installed roof safeguards your house from mild as well as extreme weather conditions. However, it also suffers from substantial damage due to the following conditions:
Since rain is amongst the common weather phenomena, homeowners often underestimate its possibility of causing damage. Minor, seemingly unnoticeable leaks can lead to considerable damage when your roof is exposed to heavy and frequent rainfall. Whilst heavy downpour gravitates to and enters through any weakened area, on-going rainfall causes water pooling on rooftops, allowing moisture damage. Besides, moisture can subsequently lead to mould infestation as well.
Needless to say, the daily exposure of your roof to ultraviolet rays is inevitable. Also, the modern sun-resistant roofing systems are eventually affected by the sun’s rays. Continuous sun exposure can reduce the quality of the shingles turning them brittle and prone to cracks. Additionally, the temperature rise can cause expansion and then shrinking in the roofing materials, bringing about damage.
Wind damage to the roof does not imply that only natural calamities like a hurricane can cause them. High and strong winds can make the shingles on the roof to get loose or even be the cause of cracks or blisters. Sometimes, you may find cracks throughout large sections of your roof as though it had been taken apart. Particularly, letting an area windswept can create further problems. The effect of wind moving over the roof is not quite uniform. Areas like the corners and edges of the roof are considerably more susceptible to higher wind pressures whilst the middle of the roof may experience a lower level of stress.
After a snowstorm, it is essential to inspect, and remove any snow or ice accumulation along the perimeter of your roof. The weight of the snow build-up can damage the roof as well as the gutters. Additionally, ice dam buildups can trigger a cycle of damage before you know. Ice dams are ridges that form at the edge of the roof. Melting ice and snow can sneak under the shingles, allowing water to permeate through the cracks in the roof, which is the most common cause behind the appearance of ugly brown stains on the ceilings.
Hail storms can be worse than rains when it comes to causing water damage on the roof. Continuous and fast-pelting hail can wear down the granules on asphalt shingles and eventually fracture the shingles. As they develop fractures, the area gets exposed, and hail begins to impact the parts underneath the shingles. If not located immediately, you may find several leaks during the next rainfalls.
Identifying the effects of weather on your roof helps you understand the different ways of roof maintenance and damage control methods. Proper preventive measure and timely roof repairs can substantially reduce the risk of large scale restoration. Contact the roof experts at The Slate Roofing Company today to get a complimentary roof inspection!