Miramar Beach Roofing: Article About Severe Weather Roof Inspection Benefits
Asphalt roofs are designed to last between 20 and 50 years, depending on the brand and style. Unfortunately, severe weather and lack of regular inspections and maintenance can dramatically reduce the roof's useful life. Homeowners should have their Miramar Beach roofing inspected at least once a year to stay ahead of needed repairs and ensure they get the maximum use out of their asphalt roof.
The sun is the primary way asphalt shingles get damaged. Every shingle is designed with UV blocking components to lessen the damage and extend the shingle's useful life. Unfortunately, even with UV blocking chemicals, the UV rays from the sun still dry out the asphalt in the shingles. After several seasons, homeowners may start to notice granule loss. While this is part of the normal aging process for asphalt shingles, excessive granule loss is a sign that some shingles may need to be replaced.
Shingles are rated for high winds. Some shingles can withstand 60mph while other shingles can withstand winds up to 150mph. If the shingles are subjected to wind gusts above their ratings, they can lose granules, come loose from the roof and bend.
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Most asphalt shingles can withstand hail that is 1/4 inch in diameter, but any size hail can damage shingles, especially if it is accompanied by high winds and driving rain. Hail can damage and dent shingles and cause granule loss.
Sustained torrential downpours, like those experienced during severe thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes can damage asphalt shingles. The rain can wash away granules, loosen nails and overflow gutters.
Homeowners should have their roofs inspected at least once a year and after any severe weather events. If weather damage is left undetected and unrepaired, it can lead to mold, mildew and rot. Homeowners may start to see leaks on the inside of their homes and water spots and rings on ceilings. They may even need to place trash cans throughout their homes to catch leaks.
When water leaks through the roof and into the attic, it damages insulation, and persistent mold and mildew start to appear in bathrooms. Advanced water damage can cause ceiling tiles to collapse, and it can rot the decking and rafters.
Roofing inspections are designed to find damage while it is still able to be repaired. Damaged shingles can be removed and replaced with new shingles. Damaged flashing, vents and external roofing structures can be repaired and replaced before the damage starts affecting the structural components of the roof.