Acting as the silent heroes of our home, our roofs do their job so well that we often take them for granted. When it comes to the condition of our roofs, it can be difficult to know when the right time is for an upgrade or if it’s needed. Fortunately, Glick’s Exteriors has all the information you need after the stormy winter season to make sure your house, and everyone in it, is well protected.
Even though roofs are designed to be durable, they can be weathered down over time. The harsher the storm, the greater the risk that your roof can be damaged in ways that we cannot physically see underneath but can pick up on. After a storm, it is wise to check your property for any loose or fallen shingles. Shingles act as a sort of “armor” for your roof and are the primary means of protection. If you see an excessive amount on your property, you should strongly consider an upgrade.
During a severe storm, the wind can sound like it is devouring your home. While that is just the nature of the storm, it can be a problem if the wind finds its way inside. A cracked roof, not necessarily a leaky one, can allow wind to howl through and infiltrate the top level of your home. This may not cause much structural damage but can affect the wooden support beams if the crack is left untreated over time. In the event of a thunderstorm, there is a chance that some water can seep through the cracks and make their way inside, causing leaks where the interior structure can be weakened even more. Cracks can occur from trees falling onto your roof, to your shingles curling and peeling off, and several other unpredictable ways.
Understanding the typical lifespan for a roof can help you maintain it. There are dozens of roof styles made up of a variety of different shingle types that Glick’s Exteriors has to offer. Your location is also a factor in how susceptible your roof can be to damage because of seasonal weather patterns. In Pennsylvania, we get four seasons worth of weather, from high winds that accompany thunderstorms, snowstorms, and even hurricanes to the problems the precipitation itself can cause! Under normal circumstances, roofs have a hardy lifetime of about 15 to 18 years. When you realize that time is creeping up, it is always wise to get it replaced. You never know what unseen damage can be festering under the surface.