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How Heavy Rainfall Can Impact Your Roof’s Shingles

by Nov 25, 2019Uncategorized

How Heavy Rainfall Can Impact Your Roof’s Shingles

In North Texas the chances of seeing real snowfall, even during the winter, is relatively low. The chances of dealing with heavy rainfall though, is surprisingly high. From the start of fall through the end of spring, there’s always the chance that the next storm could bring surprisingly heavy rainfall to the area. For most people, this type of rain is nothing more than an inconvenience, but what many don’t realize is that roofing systems can be damaged by rain, especially if they have not been properly prepared or maintained.
To help people in the Dallas-Fort Worth TX area prepare for another year of heavy rains and unpredictable weather, the team at 1st Out Roofing has decided to spend some time focusing on how rain can have a negative impact on the shingles of a roof. The reality is that your building’s roofing system is the first line of defense against all types of weather including heavy rain and strong winds, and they can’t always provide the highest level of protection without regular maintenance.

The Effects of Heavy Rain

In areas that experience regular storms (like North Texas) heavy rainfall is a common occurrence at various times throughout the year. These types of rainstorms, where the water falls with increased force and in greater amounts, can take a toll on your home’s roofing systems, especially the shingles. Common problems include shingles that are completely lost, or even moisture penetration that can cause harm to the underlying materials. Over time, this type of water damage can potentially comprise the overall structural integrity of your home and in most cases, it will mean spending a great deal on repair and replacement.
Areas near gutters or sloped angles on your roof are particularly important to be cautious of because of the increased potential for water infiltration at these locations. If your gutters are backed up, or clogged by debris during a storm, then the shingles nearby could be submerged because of the backflow. This means that any small cracks or holes in the system could be at risk.
If your shingles and roofing systems have not been inspected in quite a while, then the chances are high that there may already be an area where water has penetrated your roof and caused damage to the underlying structures. In most cases, this type of damage can be extremely hard to detect until you start to see stains or warped material in your ceilings and walls. If you start to notice unusual discoloration inside your home, then it could be a sign of water damage.

Protecting Your Home

One of the most important things you can do to protect your home and your shingles form the potential problems heavy rain could cause is to have your roof professionally inspected by a licensed and experienced contractor. Without the right training and knowledge, trying to inspect your roof for early signs of damage or concern can be very difficult. By working with a professional to have your roof checked regularly, you be informed about any problems as early as possible and get them taken care for far less than the cost of any emergency work down the road.
Another extremely helpful step is to always be sure that your gutters are clear after every rainstorm so that your home and roof will be fully prepared for the next downpour. In addition to checking and clearing your gutters, performing a visual inspection of your roof after a severe weather event can be a great way to spot any immediate problems that need to be taken care of quickly.

The Importance of Staying Ahead of the Weather

At 1st Out Roofing, our team has spent years working with people throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area to handle all kinds of roofing related concerns from seasonal inspections to total roof installations and replacements. If you’re worried about the condition of your roof, or if you’re looking for help with emergency repairs in the wake of a recent storm, then you shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to our team right away.
Working with an experienced contractor is the best way to be sure your roofing system, including the shingles, is in the best possible condition, especially with how unpredictable the weather can be here in Texas.