Rural Hall Roofing: Article About Issues With Roofing
During the summertime, heavy thunderstorms and downpours can be a daily occurrence. While most houses are able to withstand occasional heavy rains, prolonged storms, severe weather and nonstop rain can all lead to damage. Any homeowner who suspects that his or her roof has sustained damage due to excessive rain should contact experienced Rural Hall roofing contractors to perform a prompt inspection.
As long as a property's roof is in good condition, it should be able to withstand most thunderstorms and brief downpours. Heavy rains, however, can damage certain parts of a roof. One of a roof's most vulnerable areas is around vent openings. All houses have plumbing vents that open through the roof, and a loose bit of flashing could allow the wind-driven rain to be pushed through these small gaps and cause a roof leak. Flue boots, chimney caps and loose vent covers are also common locations for roof leaks during an intense storm. These problems can negatively impact roofs made from any type of material.
Another common roof problem is alligatoring. This issue occurs on houses and buildings that have mostly flat, dark roofs that receive direct exposure to sunlight.
A roofing contractor from ABC roofing & Exteriors of Rural Hall NC would be happy to answer any question you have about roof storm damage or roof cleaning.
As the sun's ultraviolet radiation breaks down the roofing materials, deep crevices form. Water follows the path of least resistance, so it'll collect in these low areas. Over time, the pooled water may cause the roof to leak.
A hard, driving rain may also cause problems on an asphalt shingle roofs. The friction and speed of the rain against the shingles cause some of the granules to be pushed off the surface of the shingles. As more granules are lost, the shingles lose their effectiveness as a waterproof exterior covering. When heavy rains are accompanied by hailstones, the adverse effects on the granules are even more pronounced.
Heavy rain can also overwhelm a home's gutters. If there are any obstructions or clogs in the gutter system, the rain will have nowhere to go and may end up pooling on the roof. When strong winds accompany the rain, the wind could drive the water up and underneath the roof's shingles, resulting in a leak. Even if the gutters are clear, they may not be able to handle rain that falls at a rate greater than 1 to 2 inches per hour. The overflowing gutters allow the water to beat against the home's walls and foundation, causing leaks around the foundation and basement of the property.