What Weather Conditions Do the Most Damage to Your Roof?
Quite arguably the important part of keeping your most significant investment safe is the integrity of the material that keeps it covered; your roof. With all the harsh conditions of the South Carolinian climate, your roof has to endure some pretty harsh conditions. As we spring into springtime, now is a good time to make sure that your roof faired well throughout the long winter months. But monitoring your roof throughout the year is important too, because your roof is affected by all sorts of weather conditions.
Rain is what most roofs are subjected to regularly. And, unfortunately, it can do the most damage if your roof leaks. It is important to regularly inspect your roof’s integrity to make sure that there aren’t any flaws or leaks that can let the moisture and water in. As your roof ages, it makes it more likely that shingles will buckle or come off, which will allow a good rainfall to do some serious damage. The worst part is if you don’t know there is a leak, you probably won’t find it until there is a lot of expensive repairs needed. That’s why it is critical to have a professional evaluate your roof regularly.
If there is one thing that the South is known for, it is the heat! Although you might not give it much consideration, the heat can be especially hard on your roofing material. Extreme heat causes your shingles to expand, and cold weather to contract. The whole process can cause damage and buckling. Also the UV rays from the sun can make your shingles brittle, which can lead to cracking. The best way to tackle the heat is to have the proper ventilation for your roof to let off some steam without contracting too much.
Charleston gets hot and steamy, not just during the summer, but year-round. Humidity can cause moisture build up that can lead to mold and mildew growth that will threaten the integrity of your roof. And it can also lead to rotting. So it is important to inspect your roof during extremely humid times of the year like the spring and summer, which we are headed into now.
When the strong winds really pick up, it can start to tear away any loose shingles on your roof. But it is difficult to see missing shingles from the ground. If you do have any spots that are vulnerable and exposed, then rain and moisture will get in, and create a lot of damage. It is important to repair any missing shingles. Or, better yet, to spot loose shingles before they are blown away.
Your roof has to withstand a lot of harsh conditions. And with each season comes its own weather hardship. The best way to maintain your roof's integrity and to spot signs of trouble before they become extremely problematic is to have your roof regularly inspected. Also, if an extreme storm hits the Charleston area, call a professional roofer like Powell Roofing to inspect for signs of damage. And also to make sure that your roof can do what it is intended to do; keep your home safe. Contact us today so that we can ensure your roof is in good condition for the spring and summer ahead.