Weather can take an enormous toll on your roof – and no matter where you live, from the snowy icy north to the tornado belt to the desert, your home’s location has its own unique impact on your roof. While professional roofing companies in London, Ontario have their own set of challenges they help locals overcome, so too do roofers in the mountains, the desert, and by the beach.
Here we discuss the most common roofing challenges and maintenance issues faced throughout Canada and the USA. Some regions will only be impacted by one; others may experience more than one of these issues.
- High Winds: Loss of shingles in high winds will expose the underlying layers of the roof structure to water damage and instability. If you live in a high wind area, you need to install a roof made of materials that can withstand storms – some shingle products are specifically built to withstand strong gusty winds and to last many decades.
- Heat: Heat extremes can damage your roof – hot weather can cause asphalt shingles to warp, curl, and crack, and strong unrelenting sunlight can discolour your roof and detract from your home’s appearance. Choose the best roofing materials that are made to withstand heat extremes and to look better for longer.
- Location Near Water: Near the beach, a lake, a river, or in a humid or tropical location, moss and algae will grow on your roof more readily. Moss and algae can deteriorate your shingles – it’s an easy fix to remove it but best left to the professionals for safety reasons.
- Salt Air: Living near the ocean has an additional impact on your roof thanks to salt air. Salt deterioration impacts on your entire home, even if you live a few kilometres away – disintegrating mortar, rusting gutters and metal roofs, and deteriorating older terracotta roof tiles. Choose a roof that is built to withstand salt air or has specialised coating – roofing professionals can advise you of your best options.
- Heavy Snow: Residents of London, Ontario, will be very familiar with this issue. While snow may be fluffy and light as it falls, it is incredibly heavy as it settles, and rooftops in snowy areas need to be designed and built to accommodate heavy snow. Roofs need to be capable of withstanding at least average winter snowfalls (to support up to 30cm (12”) of fresh snow as well as 13cm (5”) of packed snow) as well as being moisture-tight. You need to be aware of danger signs with your roof including sagging, cracks in masonry and ceilings, leaks, and sticking windows and doors. Professional snow removal during the winter season by roofing companies in London, Ontario or locally to you is highly recommended.
Call your local roofing company professionals to come and assess and advise you on the biggest risks to your roof and what you can do to mitigate them.
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