Summer and winter weather can take their toll on your roof. Recognizing the signs of storm damage is an important part of maintaining your roof, which may need special attention following severe weather or harsh conditions. If you think you may need emergency repairs for your roof following a storm, don’t wait—contact your Fairfax roofers immediately for prompt service to prevent further damage to your roof.
High winds can damage your roof in several ways. The direction and force of the wind both play a role in the type and amount of damage your roof sustains. In most cases, winds become a risk to your roof when gusts exceed approximately 60 miles per hour. Although your roof and home are typically designed to sustain much higher winds, this is the speed at which poorly-installed roofing often begins to loosen. Winds of these speeds and higher can break the bonds sealing shingles together, causing them to curl and present a space for moisture and pests to gain access to your roofing underlayment or attic. Additionally, higher winds can tear shingles away from the roof completely, leaving larger areas exposed to damage.
Hail is another common source of roof damage during storms. This type of damage varies with the duration and size of the hail. In most cases, hail causes damage to shingles without knocking them from your roof. Hailstones may cause pockmarks or cracks in asphalt, cedar, or slate shingles; hail can also cause denting and warping of metal roofing under extreme conditions. In some cases, hail may cause pieces of shingles to break off or become weaker, allowing them to be carried away by wind or rain during the same storm or subsequent poor weather events. Even if hail does not cause readily visible damage to your roof, it’s a good idea to schedule a roofing inspection following a hailstorm. Hail may cause damage that only a roofer can identify during a physical inspection, or put your roof at risk for future leaks or premature wear without repairs.
Ice and Snow
Although you may think of rain and thunderstorms when envisioning the causes of storm damage to your roof, ice and snow can also affect the integrity of your roof and home. Ice storms, while not as common as snowstorms, can cause curling and cracking of shingles as ice accumulates and expands on your roof. Heavy snowfall can place excess weight and pressure on your roof; if thick snow is not removed, it will continue to absorb moisture from subsequent precipitation, adding to the weight and increasing the risk of roof leaks and collapse. Ice and snow can also put your roof at risk for ice dam formation, which not only affects the materials of your roof, but typically causes water damage inside your home as well. Snow and ice removal and any necessary roof repairs should always be handled by a professional for both safety and efficacy.
Your Fairfax roofing company can help you protect your roof all year long with roofing inspections, maintenance, repair, and replacement. We are dedicated to providing excellent roofing services to meet your needs, including green roofing and skylight and gutter care. Please check us out online or click through our blog for additional information about protecting your roof and your home.