You rely on your roof to keep your home safe from the elements of nature
and wildlife. It’s likely that you don’t think about your
roof that often until something happens to it, such as a leak or high
winds take off a few shingles.
As a homeowner,
you’ve likely taken steps to protect your roof, such as installing
gutter guards, regularly cleaning your gutters if you don’t have gutter guards, trimming your trees
back, and repairing small holes to prevent animals from taking up
residence in your home. No matter how well you take care of your
roof, the weather doesn’t always play nice. Below are six harsh
weather events that can create dangerous conditions for your roof.
It doesn’t hail that often in the city of Houston, but in 2021,
there were seven hail reports within 10 miles of Houston’s city
center. Just because hail is on the rare side, doesn’t mean you
don’t have to worry about it as even a minor hail storm damages
shingles and the underlayment underneath.
Hurricanes And Tropical Storms
Since Houston is located along the Gulf Coast, it’s particularly
vulnerable to hurricanes. It’s estimated that a tropical storm hits
Houston three times every four years and that a hurricane hits every
six to nine years. The high winds and driving rains easily damage your roof on their own, not to mention the debris that hits your
Rain is insidious when it comes to destroying your roof. The water
droplets exploit weak spots in your roof, whether they’re holes,
cracks, or minor flaws. Long-term rainfall doesn’t give your roof a
chance to dry, and rain inside the home makes the roofing materials
more susceptible to damage.
Snow And Ice
Even though the average winter low in Houston is
in the mid-40s and the winter highs are in the 60s, this does not
mean that Houston never experiences snow or ice. In fact, it has
snowed in Houston 94 times since 1881, with the last recorded snowfall
in February of 2021. When the snow melts and then refreezes, it can
create an ice dam, which damages the shingles.
Along with high winds and tornadoes, many harsh weather
conditions that create dangerous conditions for your roof. While your
roof is an essential component of your home, events do happen
that are outside of your control. When harsh weather damages your
roof, contact Kelsey Elite Services today for your roofing needs, starting
with a free roof inspection.