4 Ways Summer Storms Can Damage Your Roof
July 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Summer is the perfect storm (pun intended) of weather conditions, intense sun, and humidity. Your home is built to withstand a lot of beating from the elements, but summer storms present some of the biggest challenges for homes in Charlotte. Unfortunately, in the event of a strong summer storm, your roof may take the brunt of the damage.
Trusted Charlotte roofers like H&S Roofing and Gutter Company deal with storm damage to roofs all year long, but summer is a particularly busy season. Here are four ways southern summers can take a toll on your roof.
Hail is, perhaps, the most obvious damage-causing weather effect we have here in Charlotte. Hailstorms happen a few times a summer on average, but hailstones can range in size from pea-sized to baseballs. Your roof is built specifically to protect the contents of your home from phenomenon like hail, but it’s not impervious to trouble. After a bad hail storm, look for obvious signs of damage such as split or missing shingles, significant amounts of asphalt granules in gutters or on the ground, or visible holes in the roof itself. If you’re unsure whether a hail storm damaged your roof, contact H&S Roofing and Gutter Co. immediately.
The dog might disagree, but thunder isn’t actually a threat to your home. Lightning strikes directly to houses are also rare; the real property threat of thunderstorms comes from high winds and heavy rain. The combination can cause debris – nearby tree limbs, downed power lines – to strike your roof, causing serious problems down the road. Once breached, the structure of your roof must be repaired quickly to avoid water damage by subsequent storms.
3. Heavy Rain
Speaking of heavy rain, the worst enemy of your roof is water. It’s built to keep water out, but if your roof is old or compromised, heavy summer rains can be the “straw that breaks the camel’s back.” When standing water collects in gutters it can overflow into your home’s attic space or built up around the foundation. Be sure your gutters are clean and clear to allow for proper flow, and if you notice any standing water on your roof, it may be time for an overhaul or even a complete replacement.
After a good summer rain, Charlotte’s humid weather conditions may mean it takes days for your roof to fully dry out. That’s why it’s critical your roof was constructed with quality materials, built to withstand the adverse effects of humidity. If you have an older home with an older roof – or if you’re unsure of the provenance of the roof itself – have a professional inspector come take a look at its condition. A humid, moist roof is a weak one, and that’s just asking for trouble.
Questions about summer storms and your roof? Contact the experienced pros at H&S Roofing and Gutter Company today; we’re Charlotte’s choice for quality, affordable roof repair and revision and have been fore decades.