Your roof protects you and your property, but this leaves it vulnerable to the elements. When properly installed, your roof can stand up to the harshest weather. If you underestimate the effect weather can have on roofing, you could end up with expensive damages and even full roof replacement. Every state experiences different seasons, and every season is unique too. There are four main elements that can impact your roof and by keeping these in mind you can properly maintain your roof so it can outlast any weather changes.
How The Weather Can Affect Your Roof?
The sun is beating down on your roof on most days. Even in the winter months when the weather is cold, the sun can still be out, shining UV rays right onto your roof. There are sun-resistant roofing systems available today but even these will be affected by UV rays over time. Shingles and materials can crack under sun exposure. Additionally, the sun can cause materials to expand and shrink. Some materials expand more than others, so you need to consider the climate you live in when choosing roofing materials so you can reduce this as much as possible. It is important to look for cracks regularly and to repair them right away, to avoid more serious damage.
Winds can damage the roof, even the smallest gusts. Stronger winds will loosen materials allowing water to seep into the roof. Loosened materials can also shift around leaving gaps or damaging other parts of the roof. Winds can also dislodge items such as tree branches which can fall onto the roof causing damage. You should always check the roof after any serious winds or storms and replace missing materials or cracks as soon as possible. Fixing tiles sooner will be more affordable and be better for your roof’s longevity, Left unrepaired, those loosened materials can cause be ripped away the next time the winds come through town.
Even in typically warmer climates, rain is always a possibility. In fact, when rain is unexpected, people forget that it can potentially damage roofing. So, it always pays to invest in waterproofing your roof. Leaks can be small but cause big problems. Water that seeps into the roof can weaken the structure, which leads to interior damage and potential cave-ins. Even if you don’t see rain regularly, you should regularly check for leaks, especially around any seals. Always check your roof after any rainstorms too. Make sure that water is always flowing away from your roof properly to avoid pooling.
California is not known for snow and hail, but it can happen, Hail can damage a roof in similar ways to heavy winds. The fast-hitting ice can also cause dents and holes which can weaken roofing. Snow can build up and increase the weight on the roof as well as melt and cause pools. Collected water that freezes can also damage roofing and weaken the overall system. Check for damage after any hail or snow and repair any damages right away. Even if the snow doesn’t return, the damage caused can make the roof vulnerable to sun, winds, and rain.
Every season brings its own weather challenges but being prepared will help you keep your roof in good condition. Working with a professional roofing company will keep your roof maintained regularly, inspected, and all repairs are taken care of quickly and efficiently. So, reach out to us today to make sure your roof is ready for any weather coming its way.