Destructive Warm Weather

Damaged Roof

Residents of Allen,Texas know just how temperamental spring and summer storms can be. With rapidly increasing winds and torrential down pours, they can do quite a bit of damage on your backyard and home. The top of your house is the most likely to be at risk during heavy storms because it is the area that is most exposed to the elements. While it is rather difficult to protect your roof, there are ways to discover and prevent similar damage in the future. It is not recommended to fix the water damage yourself, but please call a roofer if you notice damage after a storm.

Testy Tree Branches
As you stay inside and shield yourself from the storm with a good book and hot cup of coffee, the top of your home is not quite as lucky. The heavy winds and pelting rain are very likely to cause surrounding trees to surrender their branches. Though tree limbs are resilient, they can only take so much wind and pressure, they soon become soaked and weak. When branches snap off, their jagged and heavy form can puncture holes into the roof or shingles. The fallen tree limbs can cause the roof to lift, consequentially allowing water to seep into your home and creating water damage. To prevent further damage wait for the storm to pass and then assess the situation. If you notice fallen limbs or debris on your roof’s surface, please do not attempt to remove it yourself. A roofer can help tremendously in this situation.

Heavy Winds and Impending Damage
While strong winds loudly rip through the air and the pitter patter of rain makes its presence known on your roof top and windows, your home is at risk for water damage. Wind can cause your roof to lift, resulting in an uneven surface. Roof’s that are not level allow the possibility for water to penetrate their surface. Though your roof is protected with a sealant, the coating is not entirely weather resistant. Like a good exterior paint job, it suffers the elements and can only withstand its shine for so long. The damage is evident when bubbles appear on the roof’s surface. If you notice raised bubbles after a storm, this means that the coating has been penetrated. A roofing professional should be called when the storm passes. If it is left like this for very long, the water could soak through and cause water damage in your home.

damage found during roof inspection

Safe Guarding Against Critters
Humans love staying warm and hiding out from the storm. Just like us, squirrels and other creatures have the urge to protect their offspring from harsh weather. With little protection against storms, backyard animals seek the warmth of your home. Squirrels have sharp teeth that can easily penetrate the thick surface of your roof. Within a day or so they can create a little nest for themselves in the comfort of your roof’s insulation, allowing water damage to wreak havoc on your home. While they generally do not pose much danger to humans, they can become defensive when they feel threatened. Please do not attempt to remove these creatures yourself, call a roofer to do the job for you.

Staying Dry
Instead of continuously worrying about the safety and structure of your roof, stay inside where it’s warm. When the storm passes, do a general assessment of the exterior of your house. If you notice anything is not as it should be, please consult a roofing professional. They are eager to help you stay dry and safe in your home.