New England Rain & Your Roof
New England is full of all different seasons, and although the spring is mostly known for the rainy weather, the fall is also known to have its fair share of rain. In the North East, the Atlantic still sometimes experiences tropical storms. The hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean is from June to November, and most of the time rain can begin falling harder in those fall months.
Everything should be alright if your roof has been properly maintained, but if not, a relaxing rainy day can turn chaotic pretty quickly! If you neglect your roof during the rainy New England seasons, here is a list of problems that could occur:
When water has been falling and then begins to collect in certain areas, it causes large brown stains on ceilings.
When leaks occur and water begins going underneath shingles it can cause shingles to curl or buckle because they are under constant stress from the water. Once these shingles begin to curl it allows for rain to get underneath and begin leaking through the roof.
If it rains and then the temperature drops, this can actually cause wood to freeze and crack. Freezing rain can even quickly saturate the roof into ice one it solidifies. Once these cracks appear, it’s then the perfect opportunity for rain to seep through!
Mold, Mildew & Rotting!
If a roof is continually exposed to moisture it can create the perfect conditions to allow mold and mildew to begin to grow and weaken the wood to rot.
If rain gets trapped into the wood or underneath the shingles and then temperatures begin to drop, ice dams can begin to form. These dams usually collect on the eaves of your home, an eave is the edge of the roof which overhangs beyond the side of the home. This then prevents water from flowing off the roof, which causes it to sit, and begins staining and leaking into the home.
Taking care and maintaining your roof is protecting a large investment that will last for many years to come. New England weather can be tricky, but let H&H Exteriors help you navigate all the different types of seasons your roof could experience.