The Effects of Rain and Wind on a Commercial Roof
Weather elements can be rough on both your residential or commercial roof. Different weather elements, such as rain or wind, can cause different types of damage to your roof. Having a residential roof inspected at least once a year and a commercial roof inspected at least twice a year can help to catch any damage done by severe weather in your area. Here are a few of the various ways that rain and wind can negatively affect your roofing.
Wind Can Blow Debris Across the Roof
One of the ways wind can damage your roof is by blowing debris across the roof. Items such as flying sticks and trash can scrape, scratch or leave dings and dents in your roofing material behind.
Wind Places Stress on Flashings and Membrane Coatings
Flashings and membranes coating your existing roof deck both add an extra layer of protection to your roof. However, these items are generally thin. When wind begins to whip up, it can place stress on flashings and membranes. This stress can cause them to bend, crease, rip or become damaged. When this occurs, this can allow leaks to begin to develop.
Strong Winds Can Cause Materials to Blow Off
When wind gusts are extremely strong, the materials on your roof can actually blow off. Items such as shingles, metal panels and even ceramic tiles can all blow off when wind gusts are extremely strong or persistent.
Rain and Wind Can Cause Clogged Gutters
When it is windy or rainy, materials can find their way into your gutters. Heavy rains may push leaves off of the roof into the gutters, while wind can blow leaves, sticks and trash into your gutters. If the gutters are not routinely cleaned, they can become clogged. Water cannot make its way through the gutter and may overflow, which can lead to siding damage, foundation problems or roof issues.
Standing Water Can Cause Moisture Damage
When it rains, water may not always drain from your roof. Water that sits on your roof can wear your roofing materials down. This can shorten their lifetime and may eventually lead to roof damage that can cause leaks.
Heavy Rains Can Cause Damage to the Deck and Flashings
Most people know that hail is damaging to your roofing materials. However, heavy rain can be equally as damaging. The force in which heavy rain falls can be enough to damage the deck on your roof and bend or dent thin metal flashings.
Weather is not always nice to your residential or commercial roof. However, having roofers who know what they are doing can make a world of difference. Here at Rosie’s Roofing & Restoration, our professional roofers are trained to catch signs of weather damage on both commercial and residential roofs during a roof inspection and know how to properly repair that damage. Call us today to schedule your appointment.