Your home’s roof is arguably the most important piece of your home’s protective shell, providing your home with protection from the elements, curb appeal & resale value, and insulation. With so much to gain it is important to ensure that your home’s roof is kept in good repair, but due to the fact that it is constantly being exposed to inclement weather, it often accrues a great deal of damage! However, different weather conditions can cause damage in different ways, all of which need to be addressed in a timely manner to keep your home in good condition! If you’re interested in learning more about how weather can effect your roof, keep reading below for more information!
Arguably the most damaging weather condition to your home’s roof, rain can be pesky, and easily sneak into any cracks and leaks in your roof. It can often be difficult to spot the areas where water can leak into with the untrained eye, and water damage often doesn’t reveal itself to homeowners until its beginning to show up as spots on your ceiling, at which point a great deal of water damage has already occurred. If you’re interested in protecting your home from rain, have your roof regularly inspected, particularly after the winter, to ensure that it is ready for the rain ahead!
Another damaging weather condition is snow, and it causes damage in a similar fashion to rain. While having a great deal of snow on your roof can cause it to bend and crack under the weight, you need a truly astronomical amount of snow before that becomes a concern. What can cause damage to your roof however, is ice dams. As heat leaks out of your attic, it will melt the snow on your roof, and cause it to run down the eaves of your roof where it will refreeze and begin to hold liquid water onto your roof, causing it to leak into your roof deck where it causes damage the same way rain would. Ensure that your roof is protected by keeping it free from ice dams.
Another damaging weather condition, hail is generally not as destructive as rain or ice dams can be, but it can still cause issues for your roof. The most common damage that hail will cause to asphalt shingles is loose granules, but it can also crack your shingles if the hailstones are large enough! If your home is exposed to hail, take a look at your roof to check for damage.
If you’re interested in learning more about how weather effects your home’s roof, or in replacing your roof today, reach out to our team to get started! We can be reached over the phone by calling us at (207) 310-7659 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with all of your roofing needs!