Four Signs Your Roof May Not Survive The Next Storm Season Unscathed
If you are gearing up for the storm season, you should have your roof inspected to confirm that it will weather the storm without serious damage. This is especially necessary if your roof is old, is poorly maintained or if it has been long since it was inspected. In fact, you should suspect that your roof may be damaged in the next storm if:
Installations on the Roof Aren't Properly Attached
In many cases of storm damage, it is not the actual wind that causes the damage, but rather the items that are already on your roof. Roof installations and infrastructure can be uprooted and leave gaping holes that allow water to enter the roof. The items will also cause further damage while rolling down the roof and leave it weaker than before.
Therefore, you should know that your roof is susceptible to storm damage if the items or structures on it aren't properly attached. This includes things like air conditioner covers, ventilator fans, and lighting conditioning systems, among others.
There Some Few Weak Spots on the Roof
Roof storm damage often starts from weak parts of the roof; the parts that are inherently weak such as ridges or connection points, as well as damaged parts of the roof. Therefore, if there are damaged parts of your roof such as sections of torn flashing or missing shingles, you know you have a weak roof on your hands.
The Roof is Nearing the End of its Life
The roof, just like other parts of the house, has a limited lifetime. For example, asphalt roofs have an average lifetime of 30 years, which is much less than other roofing materials. As the roof ages, the roofing materials weaken, the connections loosen, and the entire roof becomes more susceptible to damage. Therefore, if you have a thirty-year-old asphalt roof, it might experience severe damage the next storm season.
There Are Tall Trees Near the Roof
A severe storm can uproot whole trees or break tree branches and fling them on your roof. This is especially true with weak trees, for example, those that are diseased, drying or already leaning. Heavy trees can even bring your whole roof down.
Hopefully, you will inspect and service your roof in time so that it doesn't get damaged during a storm. The weather is becoming more and more unpredictable with time, and sometimes storm seasons come early or last longer than usual. Therefore, don't wait for the storm season to have your roof fixed – do it today.
Contact a residential roofing service for more information and assistance.