Summer is just around the corner and that means that hurricane season is really not that far away. Being surrounded by four walls and a ceiling gives you the feeling that you are protected against outdoorsy enigmas and phenomenons, both natural and man-made. Human nature is to get used used to the quiet and then get stunned by the storm. Understanding the threats of mother nature and always keeping them in back of your mind is the true key to proper roof maintenance.
Because of the combination of heavy rain and powerful winds, hurricanes can ravage your roof. The extent of the damage depends on the severity of the storm and the condition of your home.
The most common forms of hurricane damage to your roof include:
Cracked, torn or detached shingles:
Since roof shingles are a series of layers that protect roofs against natural elements such as water and wind. Their quality will be essential in the protection of the house from winds and water leaks that can extensively damage the structure of the house.
Leaks could be cause by aged, missing, fractured or shattered shingles. Looking at our roof after it rains is crucial to determine if our roof is protected enough against the annoying leaks. The only way to deal with a leaky roof is to basically lift up the roofing layers and install very fine roofing adhesives & membranes that will basically waterproof it again. The best defense against the dreaded water leak is to simply have a roofer inspect the vulnerable areas of your roof (including vent pipe flashing, Plumbing Stacks & Electrical Masts) prior to the rainy season.
Water & Wind damage To Roof Deck & Underlayment:
It is the consequence of the previously mentioned roof damages. It could cause flooding and it could end up in extensive monetary loss.
Hail, Snow & Ice:
Hail or ice storms causes damage to shingles, including dents and the removal of protective granules. As hail & ice eventually turn into water, the damage will be worse after it melts down. Although snow is more gentle upon hitting the roof it can definitely cause issues upon melting or “Ponding” – the technical term for solid water that hangs out on your roof and then slowly melts into vulnerable parts of your roofing which can eventually turn into a leak.
In conclusion, it is highly recommendable to check the status of the roof regularly. Neglecting a roof for a long time can actually destroy it. Especially during a rainy or snowy season. Paying attention to the contrast between the regular shingles and those that look cracked, broken and incomplete is a great idea for positive roof upkeep. Likewise, always check your flashings and other curved areas for potential roof leak vulnerability. It it better to prevent than to lament.
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Royal Renovators Inc. 118-35 Queens Blvd Forest Hills, NY 11375 (718) 414-6067 https://www.nycrenovators.com/