Living in New England is certainly never boring. The weather here can change drastically from one day to the next. From snow and sleet to rain and heat, the four seasons in New England are all but predictable. All that weather can wreak havoc on your MA roofing system. But it’s not just weather that can take a toll – lack of maintenance is also a culprit.
Let’s explore the five top causes of roof damage in Massachusetts.
1. Snow and Ice Damage
Snow and ice can severely limit your roof’s lifespan. That’s because as snow and ice melts, it gets under the shingles or other roofing material and then refreezes. This not only lifts up the shingles and flashing, it can introduce even more water damage such as leaks, corrosion and deterioration.
Ice dams in particular can be a big problem. This is when heat coming from the attic through the top of the roof melts the snow on top. Once that snow melts then drips down, it freezes again at the edge of your roof where it is not quite so warm. Ice dams can block gutters, add unnecessary weight to the roof edge and put pressure on the roofing material.
2. Poor Maintenance
Your roof is pretty self-sufficient, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it completely. It still needs annual inspections and maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape. Regular maintenance will detect any problems right away so you can get them fixed before they lead to more expensive and complex problems. Stopping small leaks and minor damage now can save you a whole lot of money and headaches later.
3. Wind Damage
High winds can weaken the shingles, nails, and other materials that hold the roof together. Even moderate daily wind can threaten the stability and structural integrity of your roof. Inspect your roof regularly to ensure you’re not missing shingles that have blown off, or are experiencing any other type of wind damage.
4. Hail Damage
We don’t get too many large hail storms in New England, but when we do, they can cause a lot of damage. And many times, hail damage can’t be seen with the naked eye. It’s important to reinforce your roof against hail damage through regular preventive maintenance. If you suspect you have sustained hail damage, call a roofer to inspect the situation.
5. Heat Damage
During the dog days of summer, your roof takes the brunt of those hot UV rays. All that contraction and expansion strains your roofing material, leading to a decreased lifespan. If you have an older roof, it can split and crack under hot conditions. Plus, humid air can cause condensation to settle beneath your shingles, resulting in water damage or leaks.
Contact Revered Metal Roofing in Hanson, MA
If you are noticing any of the above damage, we can help assess whether you need a new roof or not. Metal lasts much longer and gives you a better ROI. contact us at 781-536-4589 to get a free quote, Free Quote.
We serve the entire South Shore and lower Cape with quality roofing products, including Hanson, Taunton, Marshfield, Quincy, Falmouth, Hingham, Norwood, Milton, Millis, Scituate, Natick and Franklin areas
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