Roof Damage During Summer

damaged-shinglesEven though summer technically started this weekend, we have already experienced weeks of sweltering heat and severe storms in Raleigh, NC. Extreme heat, gusty winds, and large hail can take a toll on your roof. During this volatile season, we want to help you know when and how to look for signs of roof damage.

What Causes Roof Damage?

A homeowner can expect his roof to last 10 to 15 years. However, your roof takes the brunt of summer heat and humidity, which can cause it to become dry and cracked. Fueled by the heat and humidity, summer storms can damage your roof in multiple ways:

  • Wind: Gusty thunderstorms can pull shingles off of your roof and bring down damaging limbs.
  • Hail: Large hail can break shingles and punch holes in your roof.
  • Torrential rain: Last month we wrote about home problems associated with moisture. If your roof leaks, water can collect in your attic which can lead to the development of mold and mildew. Excess moisture can lead to wood rot underneath your roof as well.

How to Check for Heat and Storm Damage

It is wise to keep an eye on your roof during summer. Occasionally walk around your house and look for missing shingles, as well as cracks, dents, and holes in your shingles. After a storm has passed (especially a windy storm), look for fallen limbs on your roof and take note of any shingles on the ground.

If you have storm damage or evidence of heat damage, give us a call.