Morris County Roofers: Article About Weather Damage
Knowing when to inspect a roof can save homeowners money on long term repairs. Roofs should be inspected at least once every year. With the effects of winter and summer storms, professional Morris County roofers recommend two roof inspections per year.
In this part of the country, homeowners can expect wind, ice and snow from winter storms, which can threaten a home's roof integrity. Strong winds pull shingles off roofs. Ice and snow can collect on roofs and cause pressure issues that lead to leaks. The melting and refreezing of snow and ice that occurs during winter can cause ice dams on roofs, which can result in holes in roofs' vulnerable spots.
From the ground, ice dams are hard to detect. Any homeowner uncomfortable with climbing a ladder to access a snowy and icy roof should contact a professional to check for problems.
Summer storms can also impact a roofing system, especially if it is aging. High winds are the biggest source of roof damage. In addition to their power to rip roofing materials off homes, gusts of wind can pull large branches from nearby trees and knock holes and gashes into roofs.
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While large holes in the roof may be obvious signs of damage, smaller holes that go undetected can allow water to infiltrate the structure, creating damage over time.
In addition, thunderstorms sometimes carry hail. Modern roofs withstand small hailstones quite easily. When large hail falls, the roof's shingles can dent and tiles can break, creating openings for leaks. Professional roofing contractors are trained to look for the signs of this type of damage.
No matter the time of year it is, harsh storms are good reasons to check out rooftops' weather readiness. The period after a bad storm is the best time to have a professional examine the roof's structure.
Homeowners need to be aware that a roof's lifespan can also be negatively affected by threats that are less noticeable than the aspects of storms. Falling leaves and needles allowed to collect and go unchecked can lead to pools of water at a roof's inverted corners. Pooled water is always bad for roofs.
Sunlight also slowly breaks down shingles. The resulting cracks can leave a roof's deck vulnerable.
True confidence in one's roof comes from keeping an eye on it. Any homeowner who follows the philosophy that it is better to be safe than sorry should have their roof's integrity examined by a professional after any weathering event that brings high winds or hail.