Regardless of the season, whether it’s cold or hot, dry or rainy, good weather or bad, your roof takes a beating year round.
Most people don’t give much thought to the roof over their heads unless there is a problem, but if your roof is damaged in severe weather, you could be facing serious expenses in home repairs. That’s why it’s always good to be aware of how weather impacts your roof and what you should look for when there has been bad weather.
If you’ve experienced hurricane or tropical storm force winds, you might feel like you got through unscathed if no tree fell on your house. But the high, sustained winds that come with hurricanes or tropical storms can still do serious damage to your roof. Tiles or shingles can come loose and blow away in heavy winds.
Anytime there is a heavy, sustained wind, you should examine your roof to make sure you have not lost any shingles or tiles.
Winds can also damage flashing around the chimney, gables and joints to make sure the flashing has not blown away or come loose. Even small damage to your roof can let in a lot of water in a rain storm, so it is important to examine your roof carefully to be sure it has not sustained damage.
In snowstorms, if your roof is not steep enough to let the snow come off, you have to be aware of the possibility for ice dams to form in your gutters. Ice dams prevent melting snow to run off your roof, and the weight of the water sitting on your roof can cause damage.
Hail storms are also dangerous for roofs because those hail pellets hitting your roof can make small punctures to shingles or even break tiles. Even a small hole in a shingle or one broken tile can allow significant amounts of water to come in through your roof. Over time, a lot of water can come through even a small hole. If you have had a hail storm, it is always a good idea to inspect the roof before you discover the problem when you notice stains in your ceiling.
Even good weather can damage a roof. On hot days where there is no wind or rain, your roof takes a beating from the sun. Extreme heat can cause premature aging on a roof, and this is why it is a good idea to schedule regular roof inspections even if you have not had extreme weather events.