Besides a sunny day, rain is obviously the most common form of weather in the United States. Though relatively harmless, as with any elements, rain can take a toll on the roof of a home, especially if any of the roof’s integrity is compromised. The roof is the shield of the home, but can only take so much of a beating over an extended period of time. Without proper maintenance, rain can become the roof’s worst enemy.
Rain combined with wind becomes a force to be reckoned with. With strong winds, rain can access weak or already exposed areas of the roof’s flashing, shingles or siding. The true damage of rain comes when damage is already present. Due to hail, pests or simply age, the roof may show signs of breaking down in small areas. Rain can cause these areas to expand and become worse.
Once the water from rain has done its part to the exterior of the home, the real problems begin as it leaks and seeps into the interior of the home. When water begins to fill behind walls, it can cause mold and the wooden structure of the home to rot over time. It can cause severe damage to walls and ceilings and even short expensive electronics.
It is important to have a professional examine your home for the source of any leak. It is best not to assume the problem is from a pipe or a leak in the roof, but be sure of the issue and have it resolved.