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What Weather Events Have the Biggest Impact on Your Roof?

The roof is the most exposed part of your home and it is the key piece that protects you and your family and possessions from the elements. It takes a beating day in and day out and is exposed to the elements every day. Geography can play a key role in how much weather affects your roofing system and how much maintenance and work needs to be done to combat these effects. Some parts of the country will be more vulnerable to certain factors than others. The north has snow and ice, the south has rain and storms, and the west has heat and wind. It is important to know how weather can damage your roof, and here at Stay Dry Roofing we help local homeowners deal with the following weather-related issues:

 preparing the roofHEAT 

Most people know that storms can damage roofing systems but even non-violent, normal weather can damage roofs. Even beautiful sunny days can lead to damaged roofing systems over time.  Excessive heat can make certain materials swell and stretch. And prolonged exposure to the sun can in essence bake roofing materials and make them crack or become brittle. Expanding materials and cracking parts can all lead to other more serious problems with the roofing system. It is important to know how weather can damage your roof even when the weather seems good. You need to conduct routine checks of the roofing system to ensure there are no visible signs of damage. If you live in areas prone to high heat and sun exposure then these checks need to be done every few months by a professional roofing contractor to ensure everything stays in tip-top shape.

rain damage to roofing systemsRAIN

When asked about the one weather system that causes the most damage to roofs, most homeowners will mention rain. Water damage is the single most common roofing issue we get calls about here at Stay Dry Roofing. Small cracks and holes and gaps can let water in and over time it will find its way into your home. Left untreated, a minor problem can escalate into a major issue and once the visible signs of damage have been detected it has often been going on for some time and the damage is often severe.  Quick detection is vital to addressing rain-related roofing issues effectively and minimizing the damage done. In rain prone areas or places that see a lot of storms, working with a professional roofing contractor to do routine inspections is often the best way to protect your roof from rain damage. Our team is ready to help so give us a call today!

damaged roofing shinglesWIND

Wind is one of those weather patterns we often don’t think about in terms of causing damage to our homes unless it is a severe situation like a tornado or hurricane.  However, even wind from a bad thunderstorm or a very windy day presents a prime example of how weather can damage your roof even when it seems innocent enough. Strong winds can potentially move panels and roof tiles, tear off gutters, send branches and limbs crashing into the roof, and wear down the materials on the roof. Even chimneys and other sturdy items may be damaged and put the roofing system at risk for further damage when they finally reach the point of falling. In areas that get a lot of storms or places that are exposed to prolonged and regular windy conditions, extra care needs to be given to the roof to ensure everything is in place and holding up against the force of the wind.

snow and ice damage on the roofSNOW

Snow is an unusual substance- we love playing in it and seeing it in nature but we hate shoveling it and dealing with it on our roofs.  It can cause major damage or your roofing system and there are only a few solutions that prove to be safe and effective for dealing with snow on the roof. Snow is water and if it gets too warm it will melt and present a water risk for your roofing system. The weight of snow and ice can quickly build to the point is exceed the weight-bearing limitations of your roof and the entire thing can collapse under the weight. Choosing roofing materials and designs that naturally reduce the risks is the ideal solution as is staying on top of snow removal and not hesitating to call in professionals when needed to help take care of your roof. In the north, it is vital to stay on top of winter maintenance in order to guard against snow damage.

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Now that you have a better understanding of how weather can damage your roof, you know it is important to have professional help and assistance. That is what we here at Stay Dry Roofing can provide. Call us today to set up a free consultation and see for yourself how we can help protect your roof from the effects of weather!

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Roof Damage From Leaks-What to Do

Roofs are one of the most important parts of any home and take the brunt of the wear and tear from weather and the elements. Your roof protects your home, your family, and your possessions from the wind and rain, the heat and cold, from storm damage, and wear and tear of time. This is why it is so important to take care of your roofing system. Of all the risks, roof damage from leaks is among the biggest issues homeowners face. Leaks and roof damage go hand in hand and even the smallest leak can lead to major damage that takes more time and money to repair. Here at Stay Dry Roofing we know the value of a strong secure roofing system and are committed to helping homeowners with their roofing needs. Whether you need help understanding how leaks can damage your roof and what you need to do when you discover a leak, give us a call today and let us take care of it for you!

Damage to the Home

hidden roof damage from leaksRoof damage from leaks is just the beginning. Not only will the roof become damaged and weakened over time due to the rotting effects of the water but the water damage can spread.  Leaks that are not addressed will get better and damage can spread into the ceilings, walls, and other areas of the house depending on the location of the leak and how bad it gets. It is possible to get damage throughout the home all from a minor leak that is allowed to get worse. Here at Stay Dry Roofing, we help homeowners like you understand how leaks can damage your roof and how to protect your roof from the start.

Damage to Your Possessions

Not only is your physical home at risk if you allow a leaky roof to go unaddressed, but your possessions and items inside your home can also be damaged. Water can leak through the ceiling and drip onto items below. Fabrics can be steamed, wood will rot, electronics can be ruined, and the value of items can be greatly dished due to water damage. Once leaks have reached this severity a lot of damage has already been done and the roof repair project can turn into a major home repair and renovation project. Roof damage from leaks is something we see far too often and we would love the opportunity to help you deal with them while they are still minor and easy to repair!

Health Risks

If the threat of damage to your home and your possessions was not enough, you also have to worry about health risks to you and your family if you allow leaky roofs to get out of hand. Wet wood and plaster and insulation are a breeding ground for mold and mildew- two of the biggest allergens found in homes. Both mold and mildew can cause severe allergic reactions in some people and can also cause illness in many people- some of which can be quite serious and even life-threatening in some cases. To protect the health and well-being of your family you need to take care of those minor leaks sooner rather than later before things get out of hand. Keeping up with your routine roof care and maintenance is the best way you can protect against major roof damage like this.

Stay Dry Roofing

roof damage from leaksContact us today for all of your roofing needs and discover for yourself what sets us apart from the competition. You cannot prevent leaks from happening and most homeowners will experience some sort of leak or damage during their time owning a home, but you can reduce the damage and ensure the stability of your roof is not compromised. Contact us today to learn more about roof care and maintenance and how we can help you in your time of need. There is no denying that roof damage from leaks happens far more than it needs to, but we here at Stay Dry Roofing will help you understand how leaks can damage your roof and how you can minimize that damage. Call us today to get started!