When you feel a storm coming in, you may have several fears. One fear is for your family and pets, but once you know everybody is safe, your next concern is your home. Roofs and siding can really take a beating during a storm, especially with the onslaught of rain and wind.
These are some of the most common types of storm damage to your roof, siding, and gutters.
Snow Weighs Down the Roof
One of the most common types of damage associated with snow is heavy weight from the snow that does not melt right away. Not only does the weight of snow crush your roof, but it may also crush the home’s siding. Layers of ice on your roof are also extremely damaging, but if you have proper drainage on your roof, you may mitigate the potential damages.
Wind Damages Shingles
If your home has shingles barely hanging on to the roof, high winds can certainly cause more damage. In fact, intense winds may even blow shingles off your home entirely.
Wind also has the strength to throw tree branches and other objects on your roof. A sudden, harsh impact can not only cause shingle damage but also damage your home’s structure.
Lightning Causes Fires
One of the biggest risks associated with a thunderstorm is the very real threat of lightning hitting your roof. If lightning does strike your home or a nearby tree, your home could light on fire, often beginning with the roof.
Rain Causes Leaks and Damages Granules
If your area experiences excessive rain during one season, you may discover that the constant wetness wears on your roof. Roof shingles may become weaker when they have exposure to such wet weather for a long duration. When paired with other elements, like intense winds, the water can do more damage much faster, especially with leaks.
Rain also damages your shingles by reducing the granules on your roof. Granules help protect your roof and home from the hot rays of the sun, which helps keep your home cool in the summer.
Freezing Weather Causes Ice Dams
Ice dams, which trap water between your roof and a layer of ice, cause significant damage for your home. One of the most common issues associated with ice dams is leaking. If you notice a leak in your roof, mold and mildew may soon follow.
Water damage from ice dams also results in damage to your home’s structural integrity with time. For this reason, you should seek professional assistance anytime you notice a leak or water damage in your home.
Hail Can Dent and Crack Shingles and Siding
Hail is one of the most ferociously damaging elements for your home. The pellets of ice may act like bullets, causing damage to your roof and siding relentlessly through the storm. After a hailstorm, you need to assess your roof and siding to ensure that you do not have cracks and small holes that could allow water to enter your home.
Storms Target Weak Shingles
Unfortunately, a home with weak shingles is more susceptible to storm damage of all kinds. If you have not maintained or assessed your roof recently, seek out a professional opinion before storms begin to roll in for the season.
Amenity Roofing, Siding & Gutters LLC , is a locally owned company that focuses on providing not only excellent roofing assistance but also amazing customer service. If you believe that your roof has received damage in a recent storm, call us. We can help you restore your roof and take preventative measures for the future. We look forward to speaking with you.