Your house is protected by its roof and so it is certain that it bears the brunt of all climatic conditions. All types of weather affect your roof and create damage to your roofing materials and roof structure. A homeowner should be able to recognize the impacts and act to counter them on time.
The heat of the sun affects the external and internal components of your roof. The heat and the UV rays emanating from the sun would affect the shingles adversely. It will affect the asphalt and loosen the granules. It also decolorizes the roofing materials producing a patched appearance that affects the beauty of your roof. Extreme heat cracks up the shingles and flashings. Apart from the external damages, heat affects the attic space also. If the insulation and ventilation of the attic are not adequate, your living space is likely to be heated up.
Water damage is perhaps the greatest damage that affects your roof. Continuous and torrential rains are harmful to the shingle roofs. Rain rushing down the roof valleys would displace or wash off shingles along the valleys causing the exposure of the roof’s internal structures. If the installation of the roof was done by amateurs the pitching of the roof will not be perfect and water will pool on the roof during the rainy season. Another roof component affected by the rains is the gutter. The debris and other litter build-ups in the gutters would result in the overflowing of gutters. The overflowing water enters the attic through the facia leading to serious water damage inside the attic.
Hurricanes and storms are very common in Oldsmar Florida during spring and summer. The wind may affect certain parts more than the others and damage them critically. The shingles will be lifted and eventually blown off. A particularly violent hurricane or storm would leave your roof devoid of many shingles.
Tree damage is another consequence of aggressive winds. If there is nearby vegetation, there is a good chance of tree limbs falling on the roof wreaking havoc. Sometimes a whole tree may be uprooted by the wind. The homeowners should see that all the surrounding vegetation are pruned closely before this season.
Hail storms are frequent in Oldsmar during the spring season. The size of the hailstones is very significant. Your roof stands to suffer from this climatic event. Hailstones are heavy enough to produce indentations on the roof shingles, metal sheets, and crack clay tiles. The grains of the asphalt shingles will be loosened leaving that part more or less bald. These bald spots would deteriorate further over time and roof leaks will set in. If the hailstones are too large they would affect the whole structural integrity of the roof, especially if your roof has endured too many years of such weather.
All the above-said issues should be resolved on an emergency basis. Most of these need careful inspection and valuable suggestions of a professional Oldsmar roofing contractor. The homeowner would do well by calling in a professional roofer after exceptionally bad weather. The damages should be carefully assessed and remedied immediately. Sometimes a partial roof repair or even replacement may be necessary. If your roof is very old, a complete replacement will be required. Since the roof is the principal part of your house.
The adage “prevention is better than cure” applies to roof maintenance as well. The roof, being the fundamental section of your house, has to put up with constant stress from the elements. Some of the things that affect the roof will not be discernible until it is too late. This often has a devastating effect on your pocket as well as your house. So it...Read more