July 29th, 2018 | Updated on July 19th, 2019
Poets and musicians have romanticized storms for centuries. The power of strong winds commands awe and respect, but it strikes fear in the heart of the homeowner.
The roofs on a building protect the belongings and the inhabitants from the devastation of a storm, the rage of the sun and the chill of the winter.
However, the roof takes a direct hit as the seasons change, and one challenge unleashes on it after another.
From small twigs and branches landing hard on the roof surface, to the lashing rain displacing the singles over time; there are many reasons homeowners are wary of the changing weather conditions and the unpredictability of nature.
The roof is possibly the most important structure of the house that is irreplaceable come summer, rains, fall or winter.
How Does A Roof Incur Damage From Storms?
When the wind blows across the surface of the roof, the movement is not uniform. The corners of the roof and the outer edges experience high pressure due to high-speed gradients. Roofs have a naturally resistant design that suffers massive damage over the years.
Due to the steadily increasing pressure of the wind on the roof, the integrity of the shingles, support, tiles, and vents on the roof suffer over the years. As per the reports from the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), the roof withstands most damage near the edges.
Whenever the material of the roofing comes loose due to aging and natural assaults, the wind gets more places to grab. The next time this weak-zone becomes the center of damage, and that creates a chain effect on the roofing material.
The problem becomes severe when the wind damage exposes the insulation, and the rain gets a hold of the water soaking material. It can lead to leaks, seepage and unwanted rotting of the inner roofing material.
Another way many roofs across Salt Lake City incur damage is from falling debris during the storm. Branches, broken glass, pieces of building materials and other debris damage the roofing considerably with successive assaults during lousy weather so its best to double up on sheets of perspex.
Large chunks of flying debris often clog drains, gutters and drain pipes. It can result in waterlogging and flooding of portions of the roof.
If there are fine cracks present on the top layer of the roof or damage to the insulation, it is easy for the stored water to get in and flood the attics or seep down the walls to reach the electrical wiring. Punctured shingles, missing tiles, and broken insulation can be extremely dangerous for the home and the occupants.
When Should You Check The Roof For Damage?
The only way you can find out if your room has incurred damage from a recent storm is by thorough inspection. You can conduct a roof inspection with the help of a reliable company that offers dedicated service in roofing Salt Lake City.
Having overhangs around the roof is especially risky since strong wind can blow the broken twigs and branches directly on the roof. Apart from precautionary measures that including trimming and pruning these trees, you will need to conduct periodic checks of specific vulnerable parts of your roof to inspect for storm damage.
Here is a list of the different parts of the roof you need to check before calling in the big guns –
- Wood shingles: these shingles are prone to curling and molding. Wooden pieces decay over constant exposure to moisture and heat.
- Composition singles: they experience a loss of granulation, damage, and breaks from storms. Complete loss of composition shingles from old roofs is not uncommon either.
- Gutters: apart from blocking of drains by fallen leaves, twigs, wind-blown plastics and bird’s nesting materials, sewers can take a massive blow from the wind force. Broken gutters, bent and missing sections of the drain spouts, and misaligned pipes are everyday occurrences.
- Chimneys: missing flashing, loose and leaning chimney components, damaged caps and broken bricks are common causes of tearing since the vent is entirely independent of the rest of the house’s structure. However, assault on the integrity of the chimney structure can threaten the safety of the inhabitants since the stored material can pose a fire hazard or an entry for rodents to the house.
- Cement: months of expansion and contraction due to direct exposure to the heat and cold can cause the cement to crack. Most homeowners and fixer-uppers apply a fresh coat of cement to the older cracks to prevent the moisture from seeping in. The presence of excess cement results in uneven heat distribution, cracking and disastrous crumbling within a couple of months.
- Soffits and vents: clogged vents, damaged vents, shingles and flashing are prone to stains, decomposition, curling, and breaking. Very old homes have missing shingles that result from the loss of structural strength of the damaged vents.
Apart from conducting an outdoor, on-roof inspection, you need to perform a complete indoor check as well for the signs of moisture damage. Locating signs of leakage is easier in older structures that show the evident moisture marks in corners of ceilings and juncture of walls.
These “soak” marks are usually brown, yellow and grey stains. Apart from smelling musty, these rooms feel moister than the other places without damage. During the rain, these marks usually increase and often result in leaks. One of the telltale signs of exacerbating roof damage and leaks is the increase in the cost of energy bills.
The resulting increase in humidity and plummeting temperature results in a surge of electricity consumption by the heating units. When you see these signs, even without the presence of visible damage on the roof, it is time to call a professional roofing contractor.
Sometimes, it is unsafe for inexperienced professionals to get up on steep roofs and storm damaged roofing. The professionals have the tools necessary for the inspection and fixing. Roof experts train their whole life for locating covert damage and fixing them before they assault the electrical wiring and plumbing of the house.
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