Weather Issues That Can Lead to Roof Replacement

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Roof replacement is a project that many homeowners face. This could be due to an older roof that has not been updated in a long time. It can also be due to harsh weather conditions that have caused damage. Here are a few of those weather conditions and how they can lead to damage to your roof. 


You may believe the only damage an ice storm can cause is lifting up the shingles or causing small dents and damage to the roof. The truth is, ice can cause more damage than you think. If there are cracks in the roof, or if the ice forms a crack, that crack is then open when the ice melts. As the ice melts it, will work into those cracks. Keep in mind these cracks are usually not treated for waterproofing. This means wood rot can form. Ice also has the issue of reforming in certain weather conditions. This will increase the size of the crack because as the water hardens and expands inside the crack. 


Hail storms can happen at any time. They can happen during any season. They can also bring extreme damage to your roof. The larger the pieces of hail, the more damage they can cause. They can cause dents and tears in the shingles. If the hail is large enough and hits hard enough, it can also reach below the shingles and cause damage to the water membrane. This exposes portions of the roof and can lead to water damage, mould and other issues that lead to replacement. 


Snow brings various issues that can lead to roof replacement. The snow itself may remain on the roof for several days, especially under freezing weather conditions. That means the snow may turn to ice on the bottom layers. This ice may get under the shingles and harden. As the snow melts, the ice will melt. This leaves you with a large amount of water that could sit and pool on the roof or move into areas that are cracked or damaged from previous cold weather issues or ice. This leaves you with water damage, ice damage and wood rot damage in severe cases.

If you are noticing roof damage after severe weather conditions, contact a local roofing contractor for a roof replacement. They will need to schedule a time to visit the location and assess the situation. They will make a determination at that time of what is wrong with the roof, what kind of replacement needs to occur and what options you may have to reduce the weather damage later. They will also be able to answer any questions you have regarding the replacement and the process.