Something not everything thinks to ask themselves is “how does bad weather affect my roof?” and if you do think about it, it may be too late. There are many different types of weather that your roof will take the brunt of for your home and it is great to be prepared with knowledge to best protect your roof and home.
How Does Bad Weather Affect My Roof? All Types of Bad Weather
Wind – Wind is perhaps the most catastrophic of the elements. This force of nature can send countless things flying around in the air. Wind is a convenient and renewable source of energy, but is also dangerous, unpredictable and unrelenting. There is simply no way to control what it will do, so we must prepare ahead of time to get in front of any potential issues.
No matter if it’s a tornado, hurricane or short-lived windstorm, you will want to make sure your yard is clear of debris and anything that might go flying. Be creative as you walk around your property. You can never be too careful.
Rain – Rain is common in the Coeur d’Alene area and we are pretty used to it. Our comfort with the rainy seasons doesn’t help with there are torrential downpours that can cause unkempt shingles to fall out of place, enabling a leak. It’s impossible to know when a leak might start, but it is possible to prevent them.
The best thing to do is to call us at Western Construction & Roofing at the first sign of a leak. Some people might think that a small water spot on the ceiling is nothing to worry too much about, but what you see on the ceiling may be only a small manifestation of a larger issue. Get your roof inspected regularly to stay on top of issues that may cause or allow leaks to happen.
Snow – Snow can be beautiful, but it can also be the culprit for leaks. While it is lovely to watch the snow fall in our area of the United States, the weight of the snow on an older, unkempt roof can cause damage that leads to leaks and more.
Hail – Hail can fall in all shapes and sizes, ranging from small, minuscule pebbles that coat the ground in a thin layer to softball-sized pieces that break windows, dent vehicles and even put holes in roofs.
Extreme Heat – Extreme heat can be hard on any home. We have all suffered through a heatwave in our homes sweltering, wondering if the uncomfortable weather will ever end. We can plug in as many fans as we want (we have heard this one is a great option on Amazon!), but sometimes it gets so hot that we have to wonder “how does bad weather have an affect on my roof?” What some people may not know is that an old, damage roof may be causing your home to be even more hot. Imagine your roof like a hat on your home. If there are cracks, holes, or just poor material on your roof, you will not have a home that insulates well or breaths well.
There are several factors that contribute to your home “breathing” well as well. It’s a great idea to get your attic ventilation system inspected regularly to make sure you aren’t suffering in the heat or even the cold more than you need to. A good roof is a good insulator and it will keep your home the temperature you would like it to be.
How Does Bad Weather Affect My Roof? – What We Can Learn
You can never predict what will happen to your home in the event of a storm-related disaster. The only thing we can do is make sure that the roof is in great shape and ready to stand the test of time. You can always do a visual inspection to see if anything stands out as concerning, but a professional will be able to determine if there are any glaring issues that should be addressed immediately.
Take the time to ensure your roof is in tiptop shape for bad weather by scheduling a roof health evaluation with Western Construction & Roofing today. Call us at (208) 889-3761 or visit our contact page to initiate your roof evaluation.