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Ways Your Roof can be Damaged

Roof damage from extreme weather conditions.

storm-damage-utah-roofHomeowners know that owning a home is an investment of hundreds of thousands to even millions of dollars. For most people, their home is going to be the most expensive thing they will ever own through the course of their lives. When you look at it this way, anything that threatens your home is something that needs to be taken seriously. One important item that constantly protects your home is the roofing system. Simply put, your roof takes a daily beating from the elements and over time signs of wear and tear will begin to show. We have compiled a list of the most common ways in which a roof will become damaged while doing its job.

Sun (UV Rays)

Shingles protect your roof from premature aging, help insulate your home and deflect harmful UV rays. Extreme temperatures dry out your shingles and cause them to lose their flexibility over time. Because of this loss of flexibility, your shingles are more likely to crack in the heat, cold, with weight from snow, from sudden humidity from rain, etc. More than one layer of shingles will also compound conditions and add unnecessary weight that will damage your roof. The most common circumstance that impacts the effects of heat on a roof system is the lack of proper intake and exhaust ventilation. Proper materials and installation can prove to be very cost effective. Utah is known for its hot, dry summers and even roofs made from the highest quality materials can only last so many seasons before they need to be replaced. It is best to keep an eye on damaged or missing shingles and have them replaced as soon as possible.

High-Speed Winds

High-speed winds have long been known to loosen and blow the shingles off a roof. If these shingles are not replaced immediately, it leaves your roof exposed to water damage and rot. When water leaks into your home, it will cause even more damage to your walls, insulation, and even the foundation. Missing shingles are not the only threat. Strong winds can also lift the seal strip on your shingles. Without this, water can get underneath and cause the same type of water damage. Even small wind damage left unrepaired will lead to greater damage.

Snow, Sleet, or Ice

Just the weight from a snowstorm that dumps six or more inches can be extremely stressful for a roof. As well as sleet or ice can cause significant water leaks or even roof collapse from overload if never removed promptly. Water tends to find its way into small cracks and connections that are not properly sealed. This water then freezes and expands, making a small problem into a large problem. Leaks will show themselves as the seasons’ change and winter turns to spring.

Heavy Rains

Downpours can wash away the granular surface on your roof’s shingles. If temperatures drop and the water freezes, the roofing materials can expand and crack. This type of water damage compromises the integrity of your roofing system and is likely to cause major mold growth and interior water leaking in years to come. Although rain typically doesn’t directly cause damage to your roofing system, it will cause issues because of unrepaired damage.

Hail

If you have ever seen a “bad” hailstorm you know the potential damage that hail has on our homes and possessions. Surprisingly the largest recorded hailstone was the size of a baseball at a whopping eight inches in circumference. Although most hail will not reach this outrageous size, these stones can still pound down on your roof with enough force to create indentations in the roof’s metal flashing. This, of course, won’t cause your roof to collapse, however, it will limit its ability to prevent water from leaking into your home. Hailstones are also a concern because they can remove the granular surface on your shingles and cause accelerated aging.

Fallen Trees

Fallen trees cause more damage than the gigantic hole in your roof. If the damage occurs during a storm, the hole will be an intrusive gateway to water damage. In fact, fallen trees may be the most devastating, posing threat not only to your roof but also the overall condition and stability of your home. Although this situation is rare, when it does happen you need to act quickly. Rock Top is here to be your trusted, local roofing company when you need us the most. Check out our website www.rock-top.com and save our easy to remember phone number for anything from a free roof inspection to an emergency (801) 567-1234.