Your roof’s reaction to temperature fluctuations and inclement weather varies. New Image Roofing identifies the damage your property’s sustained and how we can eliminate your roofing worries.
How Does Weather Affect Your Roof?
As the seasons rotate, changes in the weather impact your roof. From hail storms to high heat, your roof bears it all. However, as it shields your family from the elements every day, your roof sustains damage from falling objects and the effects of thermal shock—the contraction and expansion of your roofing materials. Cold weather causes shrinkage, making materials weak and brittle. Then, roof expansion from hot weather causes cracks and splits in the surface.
The bottom line is, thermal shock makes gradual degradation inevitable. That’s why proper maintenance and routine procedures are crucial. Read on to learn about how outdoor elements impact your roof:
You depend on your roof for relentless durability—especially during a hail storm. Small to large pellets of ice fall at high speeds. Their impact is powerful enough to crack roofing materials, loosen granules, or knock shingles off your roof deck entirely. It’s a toss-up during the rainy season—hail storms can be far and few in-between or frequent. Either way, it’s important to address damage immediately after the storm. Ignoring roofing issues makes matters worse and costs you more money in the long run.
Rain and hail often come with high winds. Wind damage to roofs typically refers to when roofing materials are lifted and blown away. Missing materials or openings in the roof deck are an entryway for pests, rainwater, and outdoor air. During the summer, heat seeps in and makes the building hot. And in the winter, rodents and other wildlife seek refuge from the cold and enter your home through your damaged roof. Plus, the constant cool draft keeps your building from staying warm.
Because of this, you could be facing two extra expenses: number one, an exterminator to get rid of intruders from the outdoors, and number two, increased utility bills from overworking your HVAC system to maintain comfortable indoor climates.
After a windy, stormy day, it’s wise to get your roof checked out by professionals to ensure it didn’t suffer any damage.
As mentioned before, high heat spells trouble for your roofing system. Not only does thermal shock make the roof swell, but if it’s poorly ventilated, it absorbs heat. In other words, your building is sitting under a hot, heavy roof, making indoor temperatures skyrocket in the summer. Unless you have a cool roof—one that returns the sun’s UV rays to the environment—you turn your AC to the max to keep the building cool when it’s stifling outside. To combat these adverse effects, some property owners invest in energy-efficient solar panels or roof ventilation services.
Snow and Ice
After a blizzard or consistent snowfall, snow turns to ice if the weather doesn’t warm up. Ice sitting on top of your roof creates multiple problems. For example, as the snow melts, it could create pools of water on the surface. If the roof is overdue for repairs, the water won’t run off as it should. Pooling water puts stress on the roof’s surface; in this case, the extra barrier beneath your roofing materials suffers wood rot. When wood warps severely, soon you’ll notice water stains or smell mold; these are warning signs that there’s a leak. To save yourself some time, call in roofing professionals to help locate the leak and get it fixed right away.
Your Property’s in Good Hands With New Image Roofing
New Image Roofing is Atlanta’s trusted contractor, transforming commercial and residential roofs. In nearly ten years, we’ve successfully replaced over 10,000 roofs. No job is too complex for our seasoned professionals, so we take on any roofing project with confidence. We know we can’t control the weather, but one thing’s for sure; we perform the best service from start to finish and leave you with a durable, long-lasting roofing system you can rely on. Call our courteous specialists today to start your partnership with us at New Image.