When it rains, all you want is a cup of your preferred warm beverage while snuggled up securely in your home. Unfortunately, rain can be more of a nightmare if your roof is not in excellent condition. This is likely if you fail to observe regular inspections and maintenance, which usually help address any issues before they become bigger and more costly. Below are some of the devastating effects that rain can have on your roof.
Broken or Loose Roofing Material
Your roof is your home's first line of defense against harsh weather, as long as it is in good shape and, therefore, effective. However, with time, the roofing material may rust, wear out, or break due to exposure, impact, etc. The situation may worsen as water seeps through the cracked or loose parts leading to further damage to the underlying components, leaks, and mold growth. Fixing the broken or loose roofing materials helps protect your roofing and home from such effects of rain.
Mold and Decay
Generally, moisture encourages mold growth, and once it begins, these micro-organisms continue to spread because your roof is often exposed to water. Therefore, mold growth and roof decay are especially likely if your roofing is not regularly inspected and professionally maintained.
Unattended cracks and crevices may also worsen as mold spreads into these spaces. A major problem with mold is that it retains moisture, and if not discovered in time, the roofing material begins to rot. Mold is also an attractant for bugs, and a health concern, particularly for household members who suffer from respiratory illnesses.
Danger If Gutters and Downspouts Are Clogged
Your roof manages rainwater with the help of gutters and downspouts. Therefore, if these components are clogged due to neglect or poor maintenance, there is no place for the water to go. Instead, water may get pushed back to the top of the roof resulting in more damage.
Furthermore, if it rains again, the excess water overflows and can ruin your foundation because there's no way to direct it away from the structure. Additionally, if temperatures continue to drop, a tiled roof can crack due to the freeze-thaw cycle. This is why you must regularly check gutters and downspouts for debris build-up and hire a roofer to clean them thoroughly.
After it rains, do not assume everything is okay because you cannot see any damage. Apart from leaks that can sometimes be subtle, there is a lot that can go wrong with your roofing without being immediately noticeable. Fortunately, inspections can go a long way toward ensuring prompt intervention and preventing further damage.
For more information on roofing, contact a company like Twin City Roofing Construction Specialists, Inc.