You rely on your roof to protect you, your home, and your family from the brutal heat and winds of summer, the harsh cold of winter, rains, snow, and even ice. This means a great roof is an essential part of your home and your well-being. However, the constant exposure to these elements puts a strain on your roof, and over time it will begin to deteriorate, requiring repairs and eventually complete replacement. Let’s take a closer look at how the elements impact your roof.
When you think of a Texas summer, one thing comes to mind: heat. You may think that rain and snow are the hardest on your roof, and you’re not wrong, but many people don’t realize just how much of a toll the seemingly endless barrage of heat and sunlight can take on your home. Excessive heat makes materials swell, such as tiles or shingles on your roof. Expansion can cause cracking and damage to these materials. Contracting back to normal size can also cause cracking, which weakens everything from your shingles or tiles to your underlayment and even your support structure. And perhaps the worst part about heat damage: you likely won’t notice it until it’s too late and you’re already suffering from a roof leak or other worse damage.
Even a small hole or crack in your roof can allow water to leak through and do serious damage to your home, so you cannot ignore rain as a damaging element. If left untreated, even the most minor of leaks can escalate into a serious issue, including weakening your roof’s structure, fostering mold and mildew growth, and more. Plus, a leak left unrepaired will usually only grow and become larger, which can only cause more damage even faster. It may be difficult to track a leak during the heat of summer, but it’s highly advised you head into your attic during the first major rainfall of the season to check for any leaks that may have formed and repair them before they can become a serious problem.
Snow is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, snow is beautiful, coating our landscape with a soft, powdery substance that brings us immense joy. That is, until we have to shovel our driveway or it damages our roof. While rain eventually runs off your roof and is washed away, snow lingers and adds substantial extra weight to your roof. To make things even worse, a mixture of snow and water creates ice, and ice dams can prevent water flowing off your roof, causing it to sit stagnant and seep through, creating leaks and further damaging and weakening your roof. When it snows, it’s important you remove the snow from your roof as quickly as possible to avoid any further serious damage to your home.
Wind may not seem like much, but it’s actually one of the most damaging forces your roof can bear. Strong winds add extra weight to your roof that the structure must be able to withstand. Over time, the force of winds can cause your roof to weaken and become damaged, requiring a full replacement or serious repairs. Furthermore, wind usually carries debris with it, and larger debris can break tiles or even cause more serious damage if it lands on your roof.
Finally, wind can cause trees that overhang near your home to rub against the roof, which can damage tiles or even lift them off completely, leaving a large weak spot exposed to the elements that can seriously damage your roof.
Do you need a roof repair or replacement? If your roof has sustained damage from the elements, wear-and-tear, or general age, the Midlothian roofers at Elite Roofing & Consulting can help. We are experts in roof repair, replacement, maintenance, and more, and we always go the extra mile to make sure your roof is not only well-prepared to handle the wear, tear, and abuse it will take, but you are completely satisfied with the result. We are fully licensed and certified, and all our technicians are trained in the latest techniques and technologies to provide you with the best possible experience and most durable roof that will last you for decades to come.
Do you need a roofing service? Get a free estimate today by calling Elite Roofing and Consulting at 214.216.6004!