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What Effect Does Weather Have on Your Roof?

Posted July 24, 2021 in Uncategorized

Extreme weather can damage your property, particularly its roof. Inclement weather will deteriorate at this costly investment that makes you secure indoors, regardless whether it happens immediately or over time. This is why it’s crucial to understand how fragile your roof is and the weather conditions that can cause problems. Here are some things to consider till the next storm.

Damage to Gutters

Examine your gutters to see if they have become dislodged, curved, or broken as a result of the high winds from storms. Poor gutters will not remove water from your foundation. This can put your home’s structural stability at jeopardy.

Damage to Shingles

Thunderstorms have the ability to loosen or even sweep your shingles away. Lightning is unlikely to strike your roof, but if it does, limbs from nearby trees may be torn and fall straight onto your roof, inflicting fractures or holes. Prevent huge tree branches from spreading over or toward your roof to avoid this. Your shingles may even raise or bend as a result of the bad weather.

Damage from Water

If you notice water stains in your ceiling, it is a sign that water damage has occurred. This is an indication that the major storm has exposed or seized control of the gaps in your roof, or attic ventilation. If you don’t address the problem immediately, mold will grow on your roof or within your home, eroding the structural materials that keep your home safe.

Damage from Hail

Hail is a rare occurrence, but when it does happen, it can cause catastrophic damage. Hail can fracture roofs, split metal, and even ceramic roofing tiles. It can also loosen or destroy asphalt and wooden shingles. Impact from hail also makes it more prone to fracture windows or damage siding. This is why it is critical to have the damage repaired as quickly as possible to avoid structural damage.

Damage from Snow

Most homeowners believe that because snow melts and rolls off the roof, it is not negatively impacting their roof. However, some roofs are unable to withstand the considerable weight that accumulates on the roof during a large snowstorm.  Nonetheless, if the snow melts and changes to ice, your roof will be much more vulnerable.

Remember that wet snow is denser compared to dry snow, therefore, it has the potential to cause damage or even collapse the roof. Following a big storm, clear snow drifts to reduce the chance of damage.

Damage from Extreme Heat

It’s pretty obvious to notice how severe storms can damage a roof, but, however, did you know that intense heat can have just as much of an effect? Each roof has a limited lifespan, which can be shortened by continual sun exposure. The UV rays from the sun can deplete the natural oils of the shingles, causing them to dry out rapidly.

High temperatures can additionally harm your home’s structural ventilation. It can raise your energy costs and cause your home to feel much warmer. This can lead to even more degradation when moisture penetrates into the roof. It can cause mildew as well as mold to grow faster.

Damage Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Hurricanes can typically send high winds and rain. Unfortunately,  rooftops can be severely damaged by this, resulting in leaks, breaks, and other structural problems, which eventually worsens over time.

Tornadoes, which bring high-speed winds, can rip off shingles or even destroy the entire roof. Tornadoes produce a suction effect that destroys everything in their pathway, regardless of how structurally solid it is.

Check for lost or broken shingles, harm to the chimney, and roof gaps, if your home was hit by a tornado. If it rains, damages can wreak havoc on your roof. For extensive repairs, it’s preferable to hire the best residential contractor.

Contact us by email or phone at (813) 343-2027, if you need a roof replacement in Tampa due to substantial roof damage.

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