If you've recently moved to the southwest region of the United States, you might not be prepared for the severe weather that you might encounter. Some of that weather can really wreak havoc as it passes through. Wind, rain, hail and freezing temperatures can pose a serious threat to the roof on your home. Here are four different types of weather-related roofing damage you need to be prepared for.
Falling Tree Limbs
When the winds kick up, they can send tree limbs crashing into your home. Even if they don't break completely through the roof of your house, they can still tear at the shingles and leave gaping holes in your roof. If you've had a windstorm blow through, you need to inspect your roof as soon as possible. Pay close attention to the areas closest to the edges where tree limbs can brush against the roof.
Frozen Roof Flashings
Ice can cause severe damage to your roof flashings. When it rains, the temperatures can dip quickly, causing ice to form along the edges and seams of your roof. The rain that seeps under the flashings can freeze. As the rain water freezes, it will expand causing the flashings to crack under the pressure. When that happens, you may notice water leaking into your home around the cracks in the flashings. If you've experienced freezing temperatures following a rain storm, you should inspect your roof for ice formations along the edges of the roof and around the metal flashings.
Heavy Snow Pack
If you've experienced an unusually thick snowfall, you may have a heavy snowpack on your roof. Heavy snowpack on your roof can lead to severe damage, such as cracked roofing material, crushed tiles, and loosened shingles. If you have a heavy snowpack on your roof, you should clear the snow as soon as possible and inspect for damage. Once the snow melts, it could cause water to leak into your home at the areas that suffered damage.
You might not realize this but even small pieces of hail can damage your roof. As the hail hits your roof, it can dent and tear at the shingles. Those dented and damaged areas will continue to deteriorate until they're repaired. Not only that but large hail can dent the roof all the way through to the wood sub-roofing. If you've recently experienced a hail storm, you should have your roof inspected for damage.
Now that you live in the Southwest region of the US, you should be prepared for severe weather patterns. The information provided here will help you prepare for the weather-related roofing damage you may experience.
Talk to professionals, such as Grissom Contracting, for more information.