What Tears Apart a Roof?

Severe Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Your Roof

I don’t know about you, but after watching those severe winter storms back East, I’ve been enjoying our milder California weather. That doesn’t mean we aren’t concerned about the predicted El Niño rain storms we may see this month. Many of our customers are thinking about the buckets of rain that will pound down. Will their roof stand up to the downpour? I tell them, rain isn’t what causes the most damage to a roof.

How Does the Wind Harm Your Roof

Tornadoes can rip a roof right off a home. Luckily, most homes in the Bay Area will never have to stand the test. Still, a range of wind speeds can cause damage to your roof. You will want to keep your roof in the best shape possible, so if a severe storm hits, your roof will stand a better chance of staying put and doing its job.

It isn’t the wind itself but its ability to push things about that causes the problems. Loose or cracked shingles and debris give the wind something to grab onto and move around. The wind can also cause debris to gather in the gutters and clog the flow of normal run-off.

How Long Does it Take for a Roof to be Damaged?

Wind damage can happen incrementally. It starts by lifting a shingle at the edge of your roof in one storm and in the next peeling that shingle back to uncover the underside of the roof and subjecting it to the rain. A tree branch can be pushed by the wind along one area of your roof to another, ripping at the shingles in the process. The next rain may seep in through those damaged shingles.

You’ll want to be sure your roof is well-maintained and free of debris. If you notice curled or missing roofing material, don’t wait for sunny weather to take action. Your roof can be repaired, even if it is raining.

If you have concerns about how your roof will hold up over the next several wet months, contact us a call today. We are your local Marin based roofing company.