Rain Damage During Warm Months

Damaged Roof

Texas weather is primarily pleasant during the spring and summer months, however we do experience our share of heavy winds and tropical rain storms. The Garland area is frequently drenched with rain throughout the rapidly approaching spring months. While it is a welcome change from the snowy and icy days of winter, rain poses its very own set of problems for Garland residents. Instead of fearing the temperamental weather, learn what to look for and how to protect your home and family.

Heavy Rains
Torrential down-pours may be beneficial for plant and tree growth, but they are harmful for roof surfaces. The heavy rains can cause roofing sealant to produce bubbles, warping the roof and resulting in deterioration. When wind accompanies rain, aluminum roofs can bend and the surface becomes uneven allowing water to enter your home. Shingled roofing can break or the shingles can snap off, also leading to water damage. If you notice bubbles, gaps or lifted shingles after a rain storm, it is best not to attempt to fix the problem yourself. Climbing on ladders, especially following a storm can be very dangerous. Call a roofing professional to assess the situation soon.

Nesting Problems
With the unpredictable wet spring and summer weather, backyard animals often seek out dry and warm nesting areas. Squirrels, with their sharp and pointy teeth love gnawing down on your roof’s shingles and burrowing their bodies into the insulation of your home. Birds also have a tendency to make your home theirs and nest either in gutters or attics. Their messy nests can block water flow and cause water to pool on your roof’s surface. In addition to leaving feces and debris in your walls, they also invite water damage into your home. With a gaping hole in your roof, its only a matter of time before rain wreaks havoc on the inside of your home. To prevent having a colorful collection of water buckets decorating your floors, phone a local roofer as soon as possible.

Tree fell on roof

Falling Tree Limbs
Trees are strong, resilient life forces, but unfortunately aren’t always an equal match to heavy rain storms. With trees constantly fighting against wind and rain, they are bound to lose control and drop a few limbs here and there. If branches fall, they make a big impact. Heavy branches are likely to puncture shingles and could possibly leave dangerous holes in the surface of your roof. Damaged roofs can quickly lead to leaks inside of your home. The next time it rains, your roof may not be able to withstand the storm. Check your roof after storms and if you happen to notice anything wrong, consult a professional.

Practice Safety and Prevention
No one can prevent harsh weather from coming, but you can guard yourself and your home against it. Ask a professional roofer if he can safe-guard your roof for the rainy season ahead. Double check shingles and roofing after every storm and do not attempt to fix problems yourself. With these tips, hopefully you can enjoy the season ahead and take your mind off of nature’s little mishaps.