The weather affects your roof in more ways than you might think.

Most people know that hurricanes and other extreme conditions can cause significant damage to their roofs, but many people don’t know what kind of damage weather can cause. Extreme weather creates some of the toughest conditions your roof has to put up with, and it’s important that every homeowner understands the roof damage that can be caused by weather. That’s why, in this blog, our St. Augustine roof repair experts are going over the effects of weather and how to spot the damage.

Wind

Here in Florida, we’re no strangers to heavy wind. Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida in 2017, brought winds with speeds approaching 100 miles per hour, and even faster individual gusts. However, even if the wind isn’t quite this fast, it could still pose major problems for your roof. In fact, wind is one of the worst offenders when it comes to roof damage. Strong winds can loosen, flip up or completely remove shingles and move panels, leaving your roof at risk for leaks.

How do you spot wind damage?

From the ground, look over your roof, watching for signs of shingle damage. It’s also a good idea to check your gutters for shingle pieces or granules. If you do spot damage, don’t wait to get the roof repairs you need, because the longer you wait, the likelihood that a leak will form only increases.

Heat

When most people think of extreme weather that can affect their roofs, heat isn’t the first thing that comes to mind; however, the damage it can cause is extremely real. Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can age your roof more quickly, and over time, it can cause shingles and tiles to tear, curl up and crack. This type of damage will only get worse over time if it’s not addressed; it can even affect the structural ventilation of your roof/attic.

How do you spot heat damage?

Heat will cause your roofing materials to expand and shrink, and shingles can become brittle and inflexible. The most obvious signs to look for when it comes to heat damage are cracked, curled or torn shingles.

Humidity

Whether the humidity is coming from the inside of your home or the outside environment, it can have serious impacts on your roof. A buildup of condensation, caused by high humidity levels, can lead to moisture damage and roof leaks. When the humidity levels inside of your home are high, it can cause rot, mold and eventually weaken the structural integrity of your roof.

How do you spot heat damage?

Unlike most damage, which can be spotted externally on your roof, damage caused by high humidity levels will often be most visible on the inside of your home. If you notice any signs of moisture damage in your attic, like mold, mildew or rotting wood, then it’s time to consider hiring a roofer to ensure that your attic is properly ventilated.

Learn about more effects of weather on your roof when you stay tuned for our next blog. And, if your roof is in need of repair because of the weather, schedule your appointment with us at J. Adams Roofing today.