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How Storms & Bad Weather Impact the Lifespan of your Roof

Your roof is the most important feature of your home. It keeps you and your family safe and sheltered from the elements, provides warmth and insulation, and ensures the structural integrity of your residence.

While most roofing installations can be expected to last at least 20 years, a roof’s lifespan can be significantly cut short by storm damage and other severe weather conditions. From unexpected storms which loosen and deteriorate shingles, to torrential downpours of rain that cause leakage and worse - its important homeowners are aware of what to expect when Mother Nature strikes.

Whether the damage is done over an extended period or overnight, severe weather conditions can destroy even the most seemingly secure of roofing systems. And depending on the extent of the damage, repairs are often costly, ranging from a few hundred dollars to replace some shingles to a few thousand if a full roof replacement is required.

Let’s look at the different types of storm and weather damage that can affect the lifespan of your roof, as well as some steps you can take to prevent or limit their impact.

Types of Storm & Weather Damage

When it comes to severe weather conditions such as those that accompany a storm, your roof is vulnerable to:

  • Wind Damage

Wind is the most common cause of damage to residential roofs. Prolonged exposure to strong winds can cause shingles and tiles to loosen or fall off completely, exposing your home to water leakage and over time, rotting fascia. Extreme wind conditions such as those in a storm can also carry debris that may strike your roof and cause holes and cracks that will need to be repaired by professionals as soon as possible.

  • Rain Damage

Your roof is designed to withstand water; however heavy rainfall can cause several problems for your home. Combined with other elements that occur during a storm, heavy rain can lead to leaked roofs as well as water damage to your attic or ceiling. To minimize rain damage, it's important to hire experts to ensure there are no existing vulnerabilities in your roofing system.

  • Tree Damage

If you live in an area that is prone to storms and is surrounded by trees, there’s a high chance of your roof being damaged by broken branches and other debris. To help minimize this risk, be sure to maintain trees that pose a risk to your home.

  • Hail Damage

Of all severe weather, hailstorms are perhaps the most damaging of all, especially because large hailstones cause massive holes and leaks in your roof. If left unrepaired, you may eventually require a partial or full roof replacement.

In most cases, the extent of hail damage done to your roof won’t be evident from the ground. As such, its best to get qualified experts up there to make sure things are in order who can get started on any repairs immediately.

Ways to Prevent Weather Damage

  • Select Quality Roofing Materials

Whether you’re buying a new home or doing some major renovations, always choose high-quality durable roofing material such as concrete, metal, or slate.

It goes without saying that when facing a battering from a storm or monsoon, a roof made of reliable slates will fair far better than one made of wooden shakes. If you’re looking to install a new roof, don’t be afraid to pay for quality as this will most likely save you money in the long-term.

  • Schedule Regular Roof Inspections

Given the high costs of extensive roof repairs and replacements, it’s recommended to get regular roof inspections to ensure your roofing system is in good shape and able to withstand storms and other extreme weather conditions.

At Integrity Roofing & Restoration, our experts will determine the state of your roof, recommend any repairs needed, and provide consultation on how you can regularly maintain your roof.

Always be Prepared. Get a Free Roof Inspection Today!

Whether you require a roof inspection to assess storm damage or simply want to make sure your roof is in a good condition, our experts will identify any damage and immediately get to work on an action plan to provide repairs as needed.

Choose Integrity Roofing & Restoration, LLC for the best roofing and storm damage restoration services in North Carolina.

​Contact us at (919) 327-0553 or email to get a free inspection.

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Roof repair is a service that you will be using at least once in a lifetime. Due to normal wear and tear, it is perfectly normal that at some point in time we will be experiencing some problems such as leakages.

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