As a homeowner, it's important for you to take a role in ensuring that your roof is in proper condition. You don't necessarily have to get out a ladder and inspect the roof's condition—it's best to leave this potentially dangerous task to a qualified contractor. Instead, you can play a proactive role in your roof's health by being aware of how certain weather-related elements can potentially cause damage. By increasing your education in this regard, you'll be able to assess the condition of the roof—even from a distance, such as standing across the street from your home—noticing if there's a problem and scheduling a visit from a contractor. Here are three weather conditions that can lead to roof damage.
Prolonged periods of heavy winds can be detrimental to the roof in multiple ways. The immediate concern is that gusts of wind will whip against the roof and begin lifting shingles. When shingles are lifted off your roof, the wood sheathing below will be exposed to the elements. This means that the next time it rains, the shingles won't be present to be a barrier, and structural damage to the roof can result. Heavy winds can also snap branches off overhanging trees and cause harm to your roof. As such, after a period of wind, it's beneficial to look at the roof and see if you notice any missing shingles—they can often be visible even from the ground.
Sudden, Heavy Snow
Your roof is adequately built to handle a snowfall here and there, but if there's a sudden, heavy snowfall of wet snow, it will accumulate on your roof. The weight of the snow can pose a hazard to the roof's structural integrity. Although it should ideally begin sliding off before long, this won't necessarily be the case if the snow is sticky. If you see a significant volume of heavy snow on the roof for several days, it can be beneficial to call a roofing contractor, such as Buffalo Roofing, for advice.
Long, Heavy Rain
If it has rained for an extended period of time at an exceptionally high rate, it's possible that your home's gutters will get backed up. This issue is especially a concern if the gutters aren't cleaned regularly. When water backs up in the gutters, it can begin to get pushed under the edge of the roof and saturate the wood below the shingles. This will harm the structural integrity of the roof and might cause water damage in your attic. If you're concerned that your gutters are backed up, arrange for a gutter contractor to address them and for a roofing contractor to check the roof's condition.