Weather & How it Affects Your Roof

How nature affects your biggest investment

Weather! It is one of the most influential factors affecting the longevity of the greatest financial investment most of us will ever make, our homes. The changing of seasons, the occasional torrential downpours, hail storms, scorching heat waves, and freezing temperatures all contribute to the inevitable decline of most roofs. However, the severity of roof declination is largely dependent upon the quality of roof that is on your house, and the installation thereof.

There are a few things to consider when deciding upon a new roof. First, do you want to install a shingled roof or a metal roof? Both are good options and have their benefits. In a nutshell, shingles are generally less expensive, can be installed more readily, and can last (depending upon their quality) for decades. Metal roofs generally last longer and add to the value of your home.  Discovering which option is right for you may take some research, but both can be effective in protecting against the elements. Moving on.

 The two most common roof damaging conditions are high winds and heavy rains. The damage caused by high winds can include lifted shingles, removed shingles, and even the complete removal of a roof and its supporting structure. Hurricane Harvey anyone? These damages are easily seen. Heavy rains, however, can sneakily begin to degrade a roof without your knowledge. Over time, moisture from excessive rain can seep underneath shingles and begin the degradation process of a roofs ingredients and support system. If you live in an area that has recently experienced heavy rains, it may be a good idea to contact a local roofer to come evaluate the integrity of your roof. Sometimes issues can be resolved before a total replacement is necessary. Additionally, it is less expensive to replace a roof when the only thing you’re replacing is the roof (not decking boards, flashing, and moisture barriers).

Yet, sometimes a roof replacement is the most logical option. If you’re choosing a shingled roof, you’ll likely be presented with options for asphalt, fiberglass, wood, tile, three tab, and architectural shingles. Please be aware that not all shingles are created equal! That’s why we use top quality roofing materials and shingles manufactured by GAF and Owens Corning. We make sure that every roof we install can withstand the unique demands of living in the great state of Texas. So, if you’ve experienced heavy rain, wind, hail, storms, or anything that has you suspecting roof damage, call ARPRoofing and Remodeling today for a free, honest, and no-hassle consultation.