How Different Weather Conditions Affect Your Roof

Rainy Roof

Your home’s roof is the most important piece of your home’s exterior shell. It has so much to offer to your home, including of course protecting your home from the elements, but also offering curb appeal and resale value, as well as insulation. Considering how many benefits your roof provides your home, it is important to ensure that it is kept in good repair! The most damaging factor for roofs, by far, is inclement weather, but not all weather damages your home in the same way. Interested in learning more? Let’s explore how weather affects your roof below!

Sun

To begin, let’s start with the one weather condition that will be there every single day, which is sunlight. Over time, UV rays will eventually cause your shingles to deteriorate. Your granules help to mitigate this, but particularly when they begin to fall off, your shingles will fail quickly. Prolonged exposure to the sun will cause them to become brittle and crack, and while there’s not much you can do to stop this, it’s important to keep an eye on your roof given this information.

Snow

Next, let’s examine how snow affects a home’s roof. One of the most common weather conditions in New England, snow causes damage in a similar fashion to rain, but there are a few distinctions. Of course, the primary concern with snow is moisture damage, but snow damage isn’t as immediate as rain can be. What you’ll need to worry about it ice dams. These form when the snow on your roof melts and then refreezes in your gutters. Over time, this causes the ice to back up until eventually, it is held in liquid form on your roof, where it seeps under your shingles and into your roof deck!

Rain

Last, we arrive at what is easily the most damaging weather condition beyond hurricanes or tornados, which is rain. The reason rain is so damaging is because even a small roof leak can cause quick and severe damage if there is an undetected roof leak. Furthermore, if there is a particularly windy & rainy storm, water can be forced under your shingles without any leaks. If you’re concerned about water damage, be sure to have your roof inspected by a professional on at least an annual basis!

Contact Us Today

Interested in replacing your home’s roof this summer? Our team at E.M. Snow Inc. is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!