The roof protects both the interior and exterior of a property against harsh weather conditions. However, the roof itself is directly exposed to the weather, which means it accrues it’s fair share of damage over the years. Therefore, while the interiors of your home may have the full protection it needs from rain, sun, or wind, your roof weathers the storm to keep the home safe from harm! Considering how much your roof goes through every year, it’s essential to know how the weather impacts your roof so you can understand why they need repairs or replacement occasionally.
How Does Rain Impact Your Roof?
Rain exposes your roof to moisture which generally causes a couple of different issues:
- Leakage – Moisture weakens the shingles on your roof, and in spring, rain showers keep your roof wet fairly regularly. Additionally, when there’s a heavy downpour, the accompanying high-winds can often blow off a few shingles. That makes it easy for water to find its way into your roof deck. When this happens, water leaks into the ceiling, thereby weakening the ceiling itself.
- Moisture Damage – Water provides a conducive environment for mold, rot, and rust. Meaning, rainwater affects your roof because the moisture allows mold, rot, or rust to grow on your roofing materials.
How Does Wind Impact Your Roof?
While wind may not cause moisture damage, the force can cause damage such as:
- Loosened or Blown Off Shingles – While hurricane-force winds will certainly make your shingles vulnerable, even slower speeds can damage your roof. Tropical storm speeds of 50 to 80 mph can also loosen the shingles or even blow them off on a bad day or if they weren’t installed properly.
- Cracks and Blisters – While your shingles may not get completely blown off, high winds can also cause cracks or other damage if debris hits your roof. When this happens, your roof becomes vulnerable, and it’s only a matter of time before you notice moisture damage.
How Does The Sun Impact Your Roof?
The ultra-violet rays of the sun are capable of causing damages such as:
- Cracks – Most roofing systems are designed to be resistant to the ultra-violet rays of the sun. However, during summer, constant exposure makes them vulnerable and can cause the shingles to crack.
- Expansion or Contraction of Roofing Materials – On hot days, the heat from the sun raises the temperature of the roof. This can cause your roof to expand, as well as contract when it cools, potentially damaging the roofing materials.
How Does Snow Impact Your Roof?
Snowstorms are capable of causing damage such as:
- Dents – The weight of snow can cause dents on your roof, as the excess weight causes damage to your roof deck below.
- Leakage – Snow can also cause leaks in your home, especially when ice dams begin to occur. Even when the snow melts freely, the water can penetrate the shingle system, thereby causing water damage.
Contact Us Today
Now that you know how the weather impacts your roof, it’s crucial to check your roof occasionally for signs of damage. However, you find that your roof has been damaged, our team at Nations Choice is ready to assist with your roof replacement needs! Reach out to our team today by calling us at 703-372-9154 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing needs!