Rain Damage due to faulty Shingles, Roof Structure, Gutters
Heavy rain can cause a significant amount of damage to your homes roof. Storms that are severe are usually the culprit, but rain that is heavy and constant can have an impact without heavy winds. How much damage rain can do to your homes roof, usually has something to do with its current condition. If your homes roof is in tip top shape, then most likely no rain damage will happen. If your roof has several issues, the damage it will cause will be greater.
Tiles that are Cracked
Heavy rain and cracked tiles on your roof, are not a good mix. If your roofs tiles are cracked, water will seep through, causing a leak inside your home. The ties can be damaged also, from an excessive amount of water coming though the gaps and cracks in the tiles.
Keep in mind, tiles are made to survive damage from water. This is true, if the tiles are whole as well as sealed. Progressive weakening and damage can happen, if water happens to get in the inside of the tiles or the tiles crack. If this happens, your tiles can possibly rot from the inside and fall apart, which makes them a hazard with strong winds.
Design of the Roof
Your roofs design can play a factor when it comes to rain damage. If a roof is designed poorly, the damage it sustains with be quicker. Unfortunately, identifying designs that are bad can be difficult for an average person. For example, an inverted roof can create small pools of water on the roof where it will build up.
While the pools of water built up may not actually cause damage, if your metal or tiles have had any damage, possibly rusting or cracking, the pools of water on your roof might end up weakening it. If the frame of the roof becomes weakened, the weight from the pools of water on the roof can cause possible sagging or damage the framing of your roof. If the roof frame is damaged, the entire roof can be compromised.
Gutters and Rain Damage
Maintaining your homes gutters consistently, is very important. Leaves, twigs, and dirt can clog your gutters. If this happens, the next time it rains heavily this debris could possibly stop water from flowing though the gutter and out with the downpipes. Another issue that could happen with clogged gutters, the debris with be pushed to the downpipes causing a obstruction.
With both ways, water can end up building in the gutter and not have anywhere to go. This can cause the water to rise back up and onto your roof, possibly the edging. This water backing up to your roof, damage it can cause will be worse if any leaks or cracking already exist. Keeping your gutters maintained will ensure water will not build up to go back up to your roof.
Having damages your roof might already have, will cause rain damage to be more significant. A professional roofer can inspect it and tell you about any damage that needs repairing.
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