Seasonal Storm Damages
Seasonal Storm Damages from Ridge Valley Exteriors. Weather threatens your home and roof in the winter, spring, summer, and fall. However, do you know how your roofing system protects your house and family in every season of the year?
Let’s see below how to prevent seasonal storm damages.
Winter Roof Damage: Beware of the Icicle
Ice damming is the main winter hazard to your roof. A combination of sunlight and heat from inside your home causes snow to melt on your roof.
As the meltwater runs off your roof, it freezes, forming a barrier that stops additional water from running off. This barrier is commonly called an ice dam.
These ice dams are bad for your roof, attic, and interior walls.
· Solutions: Proper ventilation and fiberglass roof underlayment.
– Vents allow warm, damp air to exit your attic, while intake vents allow cold air to enter. A properly ventilated roof will prevent ice damming.
– Winterguard is a stick asphalt polymer that seals around nails. A high-quality fiberglass underlayment like Certain Teed’s Winterguard protects the roof deck from melting ice.
Shingles Save Your Roof from Summer Damage
Like you, your roof is vulnerable to the sun`s heat and UV radiation. Besides, the heat from the sun transfers to the attic.
Attic temperatures may be over 60% hotter than outside temperatures, according to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA). Thus, it can cause severe roof damage by causing shingles to weaken from the inside out.
Also, UV rays can deteriorate asphalt shingles, making them brittle.
· Solutions: Quality asphalt shingles and good ventilation.
– Asphalt shingles are designed to withstand the sun’s UV radiation. Indeed, the opaque grains of mineral, brick, or ceramic block the sun from reaching the asphalt underneath.
– Just like in the winter, exhaust and intake vents save your roof in the summer. The ridge vents let excess heat out, and the edge vents let in cooler air, so the attic cools. Likewise, excess moisture rises with the heat if not ventilated. This moisture may ruin your roof from the inside out, causing mold to form.
Spring and fall roof damage: weathering storms
All of us have experienced those terrible spring storms that wake us up at night. They bring howling wind, sheets of rain, rolling thunder, falling trees, cables, and roof damage.
In the fall, storms are less intense. But there is still plenty of rain, debris, and wind as the weather changes and leaves fall.
· Solutions: Asphalt starter shingles, drip edge, flashing, fiberglass underlayment, and gutters.
All these elements work together to keep water off your roofing system and out of your home.
– Asphalt starter shingles are built to withstand wind tear-off. Strong sealant maintains starter shingles fixed at the roof`s edges where wind force is higher.
– Drip edge is a thin, non-porous metal strip that bends over the roof’s edges. The drip edge is put under the underlayment at the eaves to protect against ice dams and blocked gutters.
– Flashing keeps water flowing at the foot of a chimney, porch, or dormer.
– Underlayment is the final water barrier. Under your shingles, a waterproof of water-resistant layer keeps your roof decking dry.
– The task of high-quality asphalt shingles is to withstand the spring and fall challenges. We recommend using CertainTeed shingles because their asphalt makes them resistant to wind and debris.
– Gutters are vital to the overall roofing system. Clogging gutters can cause eaves dampness, and this moisture can generate ice dams that damage roofs in the winter.
Call a local firm like Ridge Valley Exteriors to inspect your roof and gutters for damage before the harsh winter weather arrives.
Will Your Roof Last Through Seasonal Storm Damages?
When you replace your roof with Ridge Valley Exteriors, you get a warranty for 50 years. So, contact Ridge Valley Exteriors in Kennesaw, GA, Raleigh, NC, Tampa and Marco Island, FL at 844-741-7663 or online to receive a quote, book a free in-home consultation, or ask for any roofing concerns.