In this article from HUDCO Roofing & Exteriors, we talk about weathers devastating effects on your roof. The largest danger to your roofing system comes from nature’s elements. If you do not maintain your roof, intense weather may deteriorate its surface quickly. Wind, temperature, rain, and snow are only some natural elements that may wreak havoc on your Dallas home’s roofing system.
Ways Weather Can Cause Roof Damage
Hail may cause asphalt shingles to wear down and crack by removing granules. Among the aspects that determine the type and degree of damage that a hailstorm can cause are:
- Wind speed
- Hailstones’ size and density
- Natural barrier blocks like trees
- The type of roofing system
- The roofing material
How you inspect your roof to look for hail damage can change according to the materials used.
Hail may do significant damage to asphalt shingles. You can identify this damage by a black stain on the roof. Also, you will see an accumulation of granules in the gutters. Damaged roofs may have missing or damaged shingles because of the hail.
The result might be water seepage and costly repairs. Hail and high winds often work together to rip off whole portions of roofing or blow off individual shingles.
Hail can cause significant damage to any roof shingles made of materials different from asphalt. These materials may be wood (shakes), metal, tile, and slate. Hail damage manifests differently on different types of shingles, from cracked shake or tile to missing tiles, seam splits, and rips.
If you find water inside your home, do not hesitate to call HUDCO for a free roofing inspection. Our experts will determine the full extent of the water damage. They will check your roof and your home’s inside.
Windstorms may cause significant roof damage. Sometimes, these storms result in missing or damaged shingles.
The impact of wind is not constant as it travels over a roof. Wind pressures will be greatest along the structure’s edges and in some interior spaces. Suction (a negative pressure) or pushing (a positive pressure) will occur on the roof, depending on the wind’s direction. The roof’s slope and shape and your home’s location will also intervene.
The wind’s negative pressure will lift any loose shingles. When the wind gets under the shingles and builds up enough pressure, it pulls them up. Once the wind exposes the roof deck, the rain readily soaks into the rafters. Besides, the wind can more easily lift the shingles in the areas surrounding the holes and tears.
Rainwater will damage the roof’s structure if it filters beneath the shingles or other roofing materials. Then, the damage will extend down through the roof structure. Mold and mildew can spread on electrical systems and other building materials if too much moisture is in the air.
Water may leak into your roofing deck through any entry point, such as exposing roof nails. Besides, previous damage because of wind, rain, or hail. Flashing is an alternate roofing procedure that seals your roof’s seams against water and wind. Consider that water may seep into your property even through the smallest cracks that weather can create.
The sun’s rays may cause surfaces like roofs and pavement to become 50°F to 90°F hotter than the surrounding air. Roofing materials degrade over time due to exposure to heat and UV radiation. Even the most durable roofing materials, like tile or metal, can succumb to the sun’s deteriorating rays over time.
The constant exposure of your roof to UV rays discolors its roofing materials. Moreover, permanent exposure to contaminants speeds up the process.
Do you want your roof to retain its gorgeous original color? Talk to professional roofing contractors about using pigments, including organic pigments. These colorants are resistant to the sunlight’s effects.
Protect Your Roof from the Harsh Weather
Your roof must withstand the scorching summer heat to freezing winter, plus everything in between! It is easy to understand why roof maintenance and repair are necessary. Thus, you must perform regular roof inspections and care throughout the year.
To ensure you provide proper care to your roofing system, you need professional help. HUDCO Roofing is a professional roofing company with years of experience protecting properties.
HUDCO Roofing & Exteriors can provide you with the help you need. Getting in touch with us can be done by calling us at 225-364-1007. We service areas in Bossier City, Shreveport, and Baton Rouge, LA.