Can Rain Damage Roof Tiles?

One of the primary purposes of your roof is to prevent moisture from getting into your attic or the structure of your home. As we approach the rainy season, you might be wondering whether or not you need to be worried about your roof’s ability to withstand the heavy rains that are likely to ensue. After all, the last thing you want is to have leaks springing in your home.

If you have any reason to be concerned about your roof, it’s a good idea for you to get a professional out to your home so you can inspect the roof and get it in good condition before spring storms arrive in full force. Here’s a quick overview of some of the ways in which rain can damage roof tiles in Central Florida:

  • Leaks: If you have a particularly heavy rainstorm, your roof could start to experience buckling or curling shingles as a result of the constant, repeated impacts from the rain. Weakened shingles can result in bare spots in the roof, where it becomes more likely that rain will get in and cause damage to the structural elements underneath and eventually impact the plaster or drywall in your ceiling. A professional roofer will be able to analyze your roof and determine if there are any spots vulnerable to potential leaks.
  • Shingle damage: Damaged shingles can result in some awful side effects. Over time, shingles can absorb a significant amount of moisture from rain. Then, during a windstorm, the shingles weakened by that rain could begin to fly off the roof, which exposes your roof to potential water damage. If you look up at the roof and see any lifting, buckling or curling in shingles, it’s important to get a roofer out to inspect and address the problem as soon as possible.
  • Cracked tiles: The freezing and thawing cycles that occur throughout the year can result in the formation of cracks on the roof. Cracks are a major vulnerable spot for moisture to seep in, then freeze and thaw again. If moisture gets underneath the shingles and then freezes and thaws, the roof will expand and crack more, creating a vulnerable spot for moisture to seep into the attic or the home.
  • Rot and mold: Damaged tiles can stay moist for days after a rainstorm, and that trapped moisture is a recipe for rot and mold. If you have mold growing on your roof, it could start to spread into your home if you fail to address it in a timely manner, which can both damage your structures and furnishings and also result in health problems.
  • Ice dams: Ice dams happen when a buildup of ice collects around the eaves, preventing water from running off the roof’s surface. If it rains on an ice-covered roof in the spring, that could turn into a big problem for your roof, as water will pool up on the surface with nowhere to go.

For more information about how to deal with damaged roof tiles from rain in Central Florida, we encourage you to contact Winter Springs Roofing & Repair today.

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