Your roof protects your home from the elements, which means you need to choose a roofing system that can withstand them. But what are these “elements” that your roof is supposed to protect you from? In today’s post, local roofing and siding company Empire Roofing & More shares a look at common weather conditions and how they affect your roof.
1. Rain — Sloped roofs are designed to shed rainwater and prevent it from getting into your home. Prolonged exposure to rain can erode the roofing surface, which can introduce spots where rainwater can enter the roofing structure and result in leaks. This is why it is important to choose a roofing system that can withstand prolonged exposure to rainfall, one that’s durable enough so it doesn’t form cracks when hit by airborne debris.
2. Sunlight — Roofs are constantly exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and solar heat from sunlight. In addition to causing fading on painted surfaces, UV radiation causes degradation on bitumen, or the asphalt component of asphalt shingle roofs. Exposure to heat from the sun makes most roofing materials brittle. This is why asphalt shingles are covered with granules on the surface: it protects the asphalt layer from UV degradation, which helps prevent premature roofing failure. Ask your local professional roofing contractor for “cool roof” options that can help reduce heat absorbed through the roof.
3. Wind — Strong winds can lift shingles and move roofing panels, which can result in exposed areas where water can later infiltrate the roof. This is why regular roofing inspections are important, even when a storm didn’t pass your area. Wind can also cause objects such as tree branches to scratch your roof’s outer layer, which would expose them to damage caused by moisture and UV rays.
4. Snow — Snow can cause roofing damage in many unique ways. The weight of accumulated snow on the roof can cause weaker roofing structures to collapse. Insufficient attic insulation can contribute to the formation of ice dams, which can drive meltwater into the roof’s edge and result in water infiltration. Keeping up with scheduled roofing maintenance can help prevent ice dams and other snow-related problems.
Empire Roofing & More is your leading provider of roofing services. Give us a call at (412) 999-7135 or (412) 414-1570. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Township and Pittsburgh, PA, as well as the surrounding communities.