Natural / Weather Related Roof Damage

Weather Related Roof Damage

Signs of Roof Damage

Roof Damage can have many causes. Some of the causes ofroof damageare connected to the type of roof you have on your Texas home. The Summer Sun will eventually take its toll on the shingles, drying them out to the point where they become brittle. The brittle Shingles are then subject to being damaged by hail stones, falling tree limbs and even by people who might be crossing the roof for other repairs, and cleaning. In addition the hot summer sun, pollutants in the air and other chemicals in the air or in the rain can cause slow forming damage to roofing materials. Regardless of your intent, whether you are trying to extend the life of an existing roof or protect a new roof, you should be aware of the most common things leading toroof damage.

Lack of Maintenance

It is important to regularly inspect the shingles for small problems and damage that are not always visible from the ground and immediately make repairs. Roofs with little or no slope are less likely to shed fallen leaves and can hide damage. Regular inspections and maintenance can help to prevent small or minor damage from becoming a major problem such as a water leak into your attic space.

Wind Storm Damage

Over time, even low speed wind can gently lift loose or improperly attached shingles resulting in rising or lifting the nails or in some cases, staples. When this happens, a moderate wind can result in shingles becoming loose enough to bend enough to crease, and a creased shingle is damage. While one creased shingle won’t justify a complete roof replacement, it is an indication that additional shingles could also be loose. Strong winds are the biggest threat to loos shingles, and flying debris can also damage a roof, often removing some or all of the roofing shingles and in some cases, causing a puncture into the attic space. The best way to avoid this potential damage is to check the roofing regularly to be sure it is securely attached to the roof deck. A regular check of the insulation in the attic is another way to find a leaky roof; the insulation should of course be dry and any wet spots in the insulation should be thoroughly investigated.

Weather Damage from Hail Storms

Most roofing materials can also be damaged over time by exposure to winter weather. Southeast Texas isn’t known for snow but, we do experience hail storms from time to time. You likely know that hail can cause serious roof damage, and you should carefully inspect your roof after every major hailstorm.

Loose or Missing Flashing

The purpose of roof flashing is to create a water-tight boundary between roofing materials and other parts of the house such as in between the valleys, between roofing materials and roof projections like a chimney or vent stacks. Damaged or missing flashing is just a leak waiting to happen. Water leaks can result in damage to the field of the roof, the attic space, as well as the interior of the house. Flashing problems usually happen because of improper implementation or installation errors as well as wind damage. Regular inspection of all types of flashing in all parts of the roof can catch problems early and correct them before there are major leaks.

Each of these major causes of roof damage can be minimized by regular and careful inspection for early and minor problems. Immediate attention to any flaws or damages with competent repairs can help you avoid major damage to your roof and prevent the need for early and costly roof replacement or large roof damage repair.