Manufacturers design roofing materials to withstand the elements, but all products will eventually fall victim to the wear and tear they experience. The most damage occurs when the roof endures extreme weather or periods of constant abuse from rain, wind, or other weather events. Homeowners need to know when to request a roof inspection.
Damage From Rain Events
Homes in Indiana can experience rain throughout the year, but most precipitation falls during the months of April through June. These months could cause problems for homeowners with older roofs or those with existing damage. A leak can lead to excessive damage inside and out of the home, so remain cautious.
Dents in roofing materials make it possible for rain to collect in the depression and cause water damage. Excess moisture can also encourage the growth of algae, moss, and mold. The growth looks terrible, and it can lead to more damage. Moss, for example, retains moisture and increases the risk of water damage to the roof.
Have an annual inspection of an older roof each spring to avoid unnecessary water damage. A roofer will repair any problem areas on a structurally sound roof. Widespread damage could mean a replacement, but the investment will help to protect the interior of the home.
Exposure to UV Rays
The constant exposure to the UV rays of the sun can impact a roof just as it can other materials. Shingles may become brittle and crack. The roofs of homes without any shading could experience damage faster than one with many trees around, but all receive some exposure. Regular inspections identify sun damage so repairs can take place.
Weight From the Snow
Anyone tasked with shoveling a yard will appreciate that snow has a lot more weight than people may expect. Weather events that bring a mix of snow and ice add even more weight. A 40- x 30-foot roof, for example, with one foot of fresh snow on top could have an increase of 5,000 pounds. A foot of settled, packed snow could weigh over 20,000 pounds.
A roof weakened over time or damaged in some manner could collapse under the weight of the snow and ice. A durable roof that holds the weight could still suffer from the snowpack. Ice dams may develop on the roof and cause cracks in the roofing and allow leaks to develop.
An inspection should take place at the end of any winter whenever heavy snowstorms or measurable amounts of ice occur. Homeowners should also try to remove as much snow as possible between storms to reduce the load and lessen the chance of a roof collapse. Be cautious about raking or scraping ice and snow from the roof to avoid causing damage.
Results of Wind Events
The most obvious problems associated with windstorms are when branches fall onto the roof or when the wind rips off shingles or gutters. Sometimes the damage does not stand out as obviously. Winds strong enough to do damage to local trees could also harm the structural part of the roof, and this is not always apparent.
Schedule a roof inspection immediately after any windstorm. A speedy inspection and repair can save money. Unidentified damage may lead to extensive roof problems that require a replacement rather than a repair.
Destruction From Large Hail
Hailstorms remain one of the most common reasons homeowners file insurance claims. A weakening of the roof can take place from the damage caused by any size of hail. Homeowners should perform their own inspections after every hailstorm, and call for a professional inspection if they notice any changes in the condition of their roof.
Severe weather events can negatively affect any type or age of roofing material. An inspection is the easiest way to gain peace of mind. At Indy Roof Company, we offer in-depth inspection services and quality repairs and replacements. Contact us for more information.