How Do Weather Effects Impact Your Roof?
Want to best protect your investment in your home? Concerned about coming storms or hail?
Read below to learn more about the ways weather affects your home and how to best protect it!
We will go over the following types of weather effects and how each has an impact on your roof.
What Impact Does Heavy Rain Have on Your Roof?
A violent rain shower or a thread of mild rainstorms can seriously harm a roof. When it rains heavily, shingles may buckle or curl, especially if they are already deteriorating. As shingles deteriorate from wear and tear, they become more vulnerable to breaking during a downpour. By taking care of minor problems right away, you can avoid further damage and the expense of more expensive repairs.
As a result of water collecting where the roof’s components intersect, homes with sloping roofs face unique issues when attempting to defend against rain damage. Poorly placed roofs or blocked gutters can also cause issues. There is a chance of significant harm if there are openings for nails and rain clogging gutters.
How Immense Heat Can Wear Impact Your Roof’s Lifespan?
UV radiation has a significant impact on the condition of your roof, causing the materials to deteriorate at a faster pace. Wood can eventually deteriorate and crack, shingles can split, buckle, and peel, and your roof’s protective oils can eventually run out, leaving it dry and brittle.
Your roof may reach temperatures of over 150 degrees on a hot 90-degree day, especially if it is composed of a dark material that absorbs heat. The components in your roof may degrade quickly in these high temperatures. Condensation from humid air frequently accumulates beneath tiles. Problematic leaks and water damage might result from this water accumulation. Moisture can lead to the growth of mold, which can pose a health risk.
This abrupt change in temperature causes the roof to expand and shrink, which puts stress on the materials and shortens their lifespan. Over time, these abrupt shifts cause the roof structure’s general integrity to deteriorate, which may lead to a warped or split roof.
What Damage Can Hailstorms Do To My Roof?
The size, slope, and style of your roofing material, as well as the wind speed and direction, all affect the type and degree of hail damage to your roof. Knowing the size of the hailstone involved is a good place to start when determining the likelihood of storm damage to your roof, although it may not be a reliable strategy.
3/4in – 11/2in are often misjudged due to its size. Property owners frequently dismiss the possibility of roof damage following storms with smaller-caliber hail. A hailstone as little as 3/4 of an inch can seriously harm your home’s roof, metal fascia, vinyl siding, gutters, downspouts, and window screens, depending on the storm’s wind speed. It can also knock asphalt shingle grains loose.
Hail this size (13/4 to 2 inches) can pass-through plastic vents, ridge caps, and other softer roof materials. Hail in this range can wreak havoc on your roof when combined with strong winds, resulting in both visible damage and less obvious but nonetheless catastrophic damage. If a storm hits your neighborhood and carries hail this huge with it, the question is not if you will sustain damage but rather where. Schedule a professional roof assessment as soon as you can because it’s difficult for the untrained eye to see all the damage your roof may have experienced.
How Intense Winds Can Damage your Roof?
High winds can erode the self-seal strip on your shingles, making them totally blow off. The margins of the roof or portions of the roof that have previously sustained damage or wear are frequently affected by wind damage. After ripping off a few shingles, it could cause other connected shingles to lift in a cascade.
The granules that cover the shingle’s outside resemble sandpaper. The asphalt coating on shingles may become exposed to the outdoors if strong winds remove the granules. The material’s performance suffers as a result, has an accelerated aging process, and performs poorly. Granules that are shed during bad weather may accumulate in your gutters.
What To Do After an Intense Weather Event?
Although there is no surefire way to prevent your roof from being harmed by strong heat, hail, strong winds, or heavy rain, keep in mind that a well-maintained roof will withstand the elements better than one that has previously had even slight damage. Avoid ignoring even the smallest weather effects to prevent harm to your home’s contents. Keeping up with relatively minor repairs as they arise is vastly preferable to having to prematurely replace your entire roof. Additionally, many insurance claims can be made due to detrimental weather effects to your roof.
Residents of San Antonio and the neighboring areas have benefited from the high-quality roof replacements offered by the Roof Rescue crew. We take pleasure in our work and promise you won’t require the services of another roofing contractor.