Your roof is the most important protective layer of your home. It is your first line of defense against the scorching heat of the sun, the heavy downpour during wet months, and the freezing winter chill. Over time, extreme weather conditions – whether hot or cold – can threaten the stability of your roof. It is important to know how natural forces impact your roof structure so you know what to look for during maintenance checks.
Extreme heat causes premature aging which can damage both the interior and exterior of your roofing system.
Prolonged exposure to the sun also makes certain materials swell. Tiles and shingles tend to warp, curl, shrink, or even crack when it is too hot outside.
When heat damage happens, your structural ventilation affects the indoor temperature of your home. If you notice movement on your roof such as shifting tiles or displaced shingles, or if the temperature inside the house becomes warmer than usual, contact a roofing expert immediately.
Strong winds can blow away tiles and send shingles flying off your roof, leaving your wooden panels vulnerable to water damage and other dangers. Even if these items do not fall to the ground, water can leak through damaged seals and loose flashing.
Homes that are surrounded by trees are extremely vulnerable when the wind is strong. Trees often bend during a storm and rub vigorously against your roof. Leaves and small branches also fly all over the place, clogging up your gutters and drain systems. Extreme weather disturbances such as hurricanes and tornadoes can completely uproot trees and send them crashing on top of your roof.
Wind can wreak havoc along its path so always check your roof after a storm has passed. Inspect all chimneys, gables, tiles, shingles, and joint connections, as well as the wooden roofing frame. If the damage is extensive, call a professional roofing company.
Your roof is supposed to protect your home from rain. When there are vulnerabilities such as missing tiles, cracked shingles or loose seals, rainwater could leak into the attic, along walls, and eventually inside the home and down into the basement.
Do not wait for the next heavy downpour before checking your roof. Schedule a regular inspection so you can spot potential damage before it escalates into a major problem.
Snow can cause roof damage if it is not immediately removed. Some roofs are not steep enough for snow to roll down to the ground. When this happens, ice dams form along the edge of the roof. Collected snow will eventually melt into water, but the ice will prevent it from running off – leading to backups and leaks.
The added weight of snow buildup can also cause your roof or gutter to collapse. If you live in a region where heavy snowfall is a yearly occurrence, be sure to choose roofing design and materials that can hold up.
After a snowstorm, be sure to remove all collected snow and check your gutters for ice dams. You may need to hire a roofing expert to steam away all that ice and prevent any further damage to your roof.
You know you are in the middle of a hailstorm when you hear chunks of ice raining on your roof. Hail not only destroys your roofing structure but your windows and sidings as well. The only way to prevent extensive roof damage from a hailstorm is to install durable roofing material. Your roofing contractor can help you choose the right one for your home size and location.
Contact Aastro Roofing to Improve the Condition of your Roof
The damage to your roof may not be immediate after a storm, but gradually the structure weakens as future weather disturbances occur. Regular roof inspections are a must for homeowners to avoid major, expensive repairs down the line. Contact your expert roof inspectors at Aastro Roofing today.