Types of Roofs

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Roofing

Roofs are the very first defense homes have against the elements. They shield our families from all types of weather and catastrophes, keeping us safe, warm and dry year after year. However, weather can take a profound toll on roofs, making them vulnerable to damages.

Although all roofs serve the same function, they all survive wear and tear differently depending on your local weather conditions and climate. Homeowners should familiarize themselves with weather patterns in their area and research materials that will survive those conditions for their roofs. Various elements like rain, snow, hail, heat and wind all have the potential to damage your home, depending on where you live.

Rain water can accumulate under shingles and lead to a collection of moisture that can eventually damage the inside of your house and create mold and rot wood.

Snow can be a major threat to the structural integrity of homes and buildings in cold areas prone to lots of snowfall. When it accumulates on roofs, snow can add pressure to the structure.

Hail size has a big factor in how damaged your roof becomes in a storm, but the type of shingles on your roof also may or may not better protect your home from damage.

Faulty roofs can be particularly susceptible to heat, allowing it to absorb into homes and increase energy costs. Insulation, shade, and color of the roof can all contribute to this.

Obvious threats like tornadoes, hurricanes and severe thunderstorms can take a toll on the life of your roof, but everyday wind can also cause damage to your roof over time.

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