Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home when it comes to protecting you from the elements, but have you ever wondered how the elements effect your roof? Snowstorms, hail, high winds, icy rain, pollen and debris buildup; your roof can really take a beating! Here are some things to look for to help you maintain your roof in these conditions!
In any of these weather situations you should always inspect your roof after the fact for any damages that may have been cause even if they don’t seem to be so obvious! If you are unsure about how to do this or if you think there may be considerable damage, it’s always best to call a professional to come out and assess the damages for you.
High winds can rip shingles completely off your roof revealing obvious damage, but there is a more subtle type of harm that may be missed by someone without a trained eye. High wind can also blow loose the small grains on shingles that help waterproof your roof.
Hail can leave a wave of destruction in its path including tearing the shingles off your roof and causing small fractures or even larger tears that can weaken the integrity of your roof if left unrepaired. One way to help protect your roof from such destruction it to use quality durable material. You should also always call a professional roofer after every hailstorm. Inspections are usually free and can set your mind at ease.
Snow and Ice are also very hard on your roof. Simply removing snow from your roof after each storm can help deter damage from excess weight and ice dams that may form on top of your home. The best way to remove ice dams is to melt them. Breaking or beating them can do more damage to your roof. You can steam these dams or call a professional to do it for you.
The most common element you will encounter are rain and thunderstorms. Make sure to check for any fungus or mold growing inside your home this could be a sign of a leak. Tree limbs may also fall in these storms and cause damages to your roof.
Doing regular maintenance checks as well as post-storm checks will ensure that your roof will last for a long time.