While the Midwest is known for its distinct seasons, all with different temperatures and precipitation patterns, it is no wonder that there can be a wide array of roofing problems throughout the region. By understanding how each issue can arise and what to look for before the damage occurs will allow you to either take preventative measures or get your roof inspected. Below are five of the most common Midwest roofing problems to watch out for throughout the year:
- Leaks: Thunderstorms and fierce winters can make leaks inevitable, especially if you have an older roof. If you are experiencing dripping water or moisture coming through your ceiling, chances are you may have a roof leak. Alternatively, if you inspect your roof during the summer when the shakes or shingles are dry, but still see a wet stain, you may have a roof leak.
- Hail Damage: All it takes is one hailstorm to damage the roof of your home. If you inspect your roof and see that there are random dents that all look similar, you may have hail damage, which should be repaired immediately.
- Wind: Wind can be a factor both in the winter with harrowing blizzards and in the spring with severe storms and tornadoes. The most common sign of wind damage is missing or loose shingles. While you may think they are fine since they are still attached, loose shingles should be repaired or replaced immediately to avoid further damage.
- Heat: Even it the Midwest, summer temperatures can climb upwards of 100 degrees, which can take a toll on roofing, especially shingles. You may notice signs such as warping and curling, but you may also not be able to tell that your roof is heat damaged until it is too late. The best preventative measure is regular inspection and maintenance.
- Structural Damage: Generally caused by natural forces, such as falling trees, structural damage refers to roof damage that completely compromises the integrity of your roof. A structurally damaged roof can cause many more problems within the home, so if you have something fall on your roof, it is best to schedule your inspection right away.
While the ever-changing Midwest weather can cause a lot of wear and tear on your roof, the best way to combat any sort of damage is to first have your roof installed by a reliable roofing contractor, and ideally one who can continue to service your roof and back up their workmanship with a warranty. Another way to prevent problems from worsening throughout the year is to keep up on routine maintenance. Have an experienced roofing contractor come to your home for an inspection, and get ahead of the problem.
At Brincks Exteriors, we service many communities throughout western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. We have built a reputation for being professional, reliable, and easy to work with, no matter the project. If you suspect any roof damage at your home, contact us today for your free estimate.