Our roof is probably one of the most expensive repairs on a home even if it’s a replacement. Being the first line of defense over our head it takes all the effects of outdoor elements. Thus we need to make sure it’s properly maintained and if possible be made of quality materials for the year-round protection both mentally and roughly our pockets. But we still need to consider that nature is unexpected and may still damage even the best materials installed. So, if you’d like to know more of the best quality materials you can get for your roof, it’s advised to get roofing experts so they can assess your home and know more weather conditions in general to prepare ourselves.

Your roof is one of the most vulnerable areas of your home.  A properly installed roof will protect your house from various weather conditions, but it will also be the first to be affected by these conditions. So understanding the effects of weather on your roof will help with proper roofing maintenance.

Here are five conditions that would normally affect roofing systems:

From heavy rains to wind and snow, our roofs experience a great deal to keep us warm and dry.

Sun

The inevitable—your roof is exposed daily to ultraviolet rays. Even with the sun-resistant roofing systems that are available today are eventually affected by the sun’s rays. Constant exposure to sun and UV rays can cause shingles to become broken and split. Additionally, extreme heat and temperatures can cause roofing materials to expand and shrink, leading to possible damage. If your house is well insulated, it is critical that you have enough ventilation to avoid further damage.

Rain

A common weather condition, homeowners often disregard the possibility of havoc caused by it.  Small, unnoticeable leaks can lead to significant damage when your roof receives heavy and consistent rainfall in the future. While heavy rainfall gravitates to and infiltrates any weakened areas, on-going rainfall causes pooling on rooftops, which leads to moisture damage. Regularly inspect your roof, especially after heavy rain, to make sure the water is properly flowing off of your roof. So you’ll be able to spot problems and plan for actions to prevent more damage and save money in the long run.

Wind

Strong, high winds can loosen shingles on your roof or even cause them to break or blister.  Leaving areas exposed to the elements can cause further problems. Doing a quick roof inspection after a strong windstorm, you can prevent bigger issues. And replacing a missing or damaged shingle after is a quick fix and cost-effective solution before any real damage is done.

Snow

After a snowstorm, it is vital that you inspect and remove any snow or ice build ups along the edges of your roof. Its weight can damage your roof as well as your gutters. In addition, ice dam build ups can cause a cycle of damage before you even realize. Ice dams are ridges of ice that form at the edge of your roof.  When it begins to melt, it seeps under the shingles and refreezes—further infiltrating your roofing system.

Hail

Hail storms sometimes happen and they can be worse than rain. Constant, fast-hitting hail can cause the grain particles on asphalt shingles to wear down; eventually, fracturing the shingle.  Once worn down or fractured, the area is exposed and hail begins to impact the area under the shingles. If not solved, you may experience several leaks when the next rain falls.