When storms and severe weather roll in, the roof takes the full force of the weather and protects your building from damage. After a bad storm you may look at your home or building and see everything looking normal and then two weeks later you have a major leak that damages your roof and your home.
Inspecting your roof after a storm is very important, no matter if the storm is severe, moderate, or mild.
Storms are usually accompanied by fast-moving and strong winds that blow debris everywhere. These winds are one of the most common causes of roof damage on homes and commercial buildings. As the winds get stronger, roof shingles begin to lift and the wind rips them away from the roof, leaving your home susceptible to leaks and further wind lift. Water will enter the home and begin to damage the drywall.
The fact that roofs are installed to protect you and your home against weather elements like rain doesn’t mean that your roof cannot sustain any water damage. While roofs are rarely damaged by rain alone, existing weak spots possibly from previous storms – such as missing tiles, cracked shingles or improper installations may cause water to leak into your roofing structure and home.
If your home is near any large trees, you’re at a higher risk of possible property damage when a storm hits. Your roof faces the greatest risk of damage from broken branches, debris or falling trees due to strong storm winds. In most cases, falling trees cause extensive damage to roof tiles, shingles, and even roofing frames. If the damage caused is small, it can be fixed quickly to prevent rain and dampness from entering your home. For extensive damage, you may need to contact a framing as well as a roofing contractor to come fix the damage.
Extreme heat can be as harmful to your roof as other extreme weather conditions. Due to the prolonged exposure to the sun’s heat, your roof will age faster than in more favorable environments if it is improperly vented.Improper ventilation leads to damage occurring both inside and out of your roofing system causing your tiles or shingles to curl up, crack, or age prematurely. When this type of heat damage happens, it will significantly shorten the life of the roof. If you’ve noted curling, cracking, granule loss, or de-lamination, call your roofing contractor.
There are many kinds of different storm or extreme weather conditions that can cause damage to your home. After any kind of damage it is important to make sure you inspect your roof to look for any damages that have been done. At Greenawalt Roofing we can come out and inspect your roof, assess damages, and help you move forward in the most cost effective way possible.