From the roof’s age, regional weather, and amount of continued maintenance, there are all kinds of things that affect the health and life of your residential or commercial roof. Of course, the more attentive you are to routine inspections, minor repairs, and overall maintenance, the longer life you can expect out of your roof. One of the main things that affects your roof is weather conditions, but exactly what effects do the elements have?
The fact of the matter is that heavy rainfall, and mild to severe storms can take a toll on your roofing system. Any resident in the Tennessee Valley knows to expect this kind of wear during the rainy season. Intense rain naturally gravitates toward any imperfections or weakened areas on your roof, sometimes pooling and leading to moisture damage or leaks that can range in severity. This is why regular roof inspections are key. Catch issues early when they are still minor to avoid more costly repairs.
A step up from rain would be hail. Even though we don’t get a lot of hail in the Chattanooga area, if or when it does come through, it can cause a great deal of damage. The way hail pelts the roofing materials can cause them to wear down, particular if your roof has asphalt shingles. When the shingles are compromised as a result of hail, you might find yourself with a leak when the next rain comes.
Our area has caught the brunt of some extreme weather from time to time, be it tornadoes or severe storms caused by hurricanes. These strong winds can cause shingles and other roofing materials to loosen, crack, or be blown off completely, leaving the materials beneath further exposed to the elements. Replacing missing and damaged shingles periodically can help extend the lifespan of your roof.
The roof of your home or building is exposed to the sun every day. Constant exposure to UV rays can, over time, cause shingles to get brittle and crack. By that same token, extreme temperatures– both hot and cold– can cause roofing materials to expand and contract, which can also lead to damage. Proper ventilation can help mitigate these issues.
No matter what the weather, our team at Tennessee Roofing and Construction recommends you stay on top of roof inspections so minor issues don’t get exacerbated. It’s easier and more cost effective to maintain your roofing system the best you can than to have to replace it early due to neglect. Our team can help with any roofing issues you may have, both residential and commercial. Contact us for a quote today!