The roof is the most important part of your house. It serves to stabilize and regulate the interior temperature. It also prevents the weather from affecting the people living underneath it. But how does weather affect our roofs? What kind of damage will weather phenomena have on its materials and understructure? Here are some common weather occurrences and their effects on a house’s roofing system.

Rain damage is the most common damage type that manifests on roofs, seeing as rain is the most common type of precipitation there is. Over time, all roofs will sustain water damage from rain and other precipitation due to cracked or missing roofing material. Incorrect installation can also make the roof prone to water damage. This could lead to other complications such as stains on the walls and ceilings, and even a collapsed roof if left unchecked for too long.

The effects of wind damage are often underestimated. People need to be aware of the wind’s potential to destroy roofs. Winds can dislodge shingles and tiles and make them fall. It can also damage the roof’s frame, leading to a severely weakened understructure. If sufficiently strong, high winds can even rip roofs right off houses or strain it enough to make it fall under its weight. You need to have regular inspections done to make sure that there are no structurally compromised sections of your roof.

Heat damage is common in very sunny states like California and Texas. Massachusetts gets a lot less sun but heat damage is still a very real concern. Heat can make your roof age faster, cracking and tearing up shingles. This makes it more prone to other types of weather damage. It also makes it necessary to repair or replace your roof earlier than expected. Heat damage can also influence the indoor temperature of the house, making you use more energy for heating and cooling than normal, and hikes up your electricity and energy bills.

Imagine a ball of ice half as big as your chest. Then imagine yourself throwing this ice ball from 30,000 feet high. You might be able to see the damage that this single ice ball does to a roof. Now visualize thousands of ice balls hurtling from the sky to strike at your roof. It’s not difficult to picture cracked and dislodged shingles all over your roof. This type of damage could be exacerbated by rain, wind and other weather phenomena. If your house is unfortunate enough to be struck by a hailstorm, you need to have it inspected immediately and have it repaired or replaced, whichever is necessary.

Many people are not aware of the effects snow has on roofs, even people who live in areas with heavy snow in winter. If not removed, snow can cause ice dams that backwater up from the roof and gutters. This accumulation of water can cause water damage and eventually leakage. So it is important to remove snow from roofs as soon as possible to protect it from unnecessary damage.

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