Weather Damage to Roofs

Weather has a great deal to do with the damage that comes to your roof.

While some seasons are worse than others, almost every season brings different problems for your roof.

Roofing Weather Damage Conditions

Here are a few weather conditions that you should watch for:

Many people underestimate the damage that heat brings. Summer weather is less than healthy for roofs, though you may not notice as easily. With the heat, many types of common roofing materials will begin to expand and swell. This is a problem by itself, and when they begin to shrink back down, that causes even more issues that will damage your roof.

Roofing shingles and other materials become more stiff and brittle in the heat, which could cause your materials to crack and make your roof vulnerable to the elements. Since these are such subtle problems, it will normally go unnoticed until it is too late, and your roof will begin to leak.

Roofing Shingles become stiff and brittle in the heat.

Be diligent in making sure your roof is correctly ventilated, especially if you have extra insulation materials. A good roofing contractor can help you do an inspection and make suggestions for proper roof ventilation.

Snow is beautiful and even fun sometimes, but it is terrible for your roof.

Snow brings in wind damage, saturates your materials, and weighs heavily on the structure of your roof if not properly supported. A collapsed roof could be disastrous, not to mention dangerous. There are materials that more easily coexist with the snow and protect your roof more. You should always remove the snow and ice from your roof and gutters at your earliest availability.

Wind Damaged Roofs

Windy days tend to be some of the most annoying, but one of the worst things the wind does is damage buildings, and your roof tends to take the brunt of the attack. Strong winds often shake shingles, panels, and tiles loose. They do not have to be completely ripped off of your roof to leave it vulnerable to weather. However, winds can tear the materials off of your roof, which is an even bigger problem to deal with.

High winds can cause tree branches to brush up against your roof, and the friction can cause scraping and damage to your shingles. Be sure to cut your tree branches back away from your roof to avoid scraping to your materials. Strong winds can also bring debris, which can crash against your roof and have a similar effect that tree branches do.

Your roof probably most regularly deals with the problem of rain.

Holes, cracks, loose shingles, and other flaws in your roof can all make rain a big problem very quickly. Unfortunately, you may not even know about these flaws until your home begins to leak. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry. Check for flaws in your roof regularly. Check out your attic after heavy rain.

There are also more extreme weather occurrences that damage your roof (hail, tornadoes, hurricanes, are among some extreme weather) along with other structures. Weather is apart of living, there are things we can do to protect our roofs with proper preparation!