As a vital part of protecting your house, your roof is constantly battling what Mother Nature throws at it. From wind to snow, a roof needs to be able to withstand different forms of weather. However, these elements cause wear and tear over time, and it’s important to know how each affects your roof’s integrity. We’ve put together the different forms of how weather damage to your roof can occur and how to prevent it from happening.
High speed winds can cause a considerable amount of weather damage to your roof and shingles. The wind can get under corners and curl up shingles or completely rip them off. This then leaves your roof exposed and susceptible to leaks and damages to the roof’s integrity. To avoid further damage after high winds, inspect your shingles to ensure none have been ripped off. You can also look for any shingle curling the wind may have caused that can lead to further damage in the future.
Heavy rainfall can overflow the eavestrough and allow rain to leak into the roof and damage the shingles above. If not taken care of, this can cause serious structural damage as water exposure can compromise your roof’s integrity. Therefore, make sure that your eavestrough is clean and clear of debris to prevent water build up during rainstorms.
As winter quickly approaches, so does the threat of snow damaging your roof. While roofs can withstand weight, having tons of snow piled on top of them for months can lead to stress. Along with the weight, snow can also clog your eavestrough similar to rain. Thus, it’s important to reduce snow build up on your roof and check on your eavestrough. Snow can be removed using a roof rake to ensure the roof isn’t under too much stress. Also, look to make sure your eavestrough system isn’t clogged from the snow and that it’s free from debris.