Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Hurricane season is upon us. Although we don’t get a lot of hurricanes here in Fairfax or Northern Virginia, we get our fair share of severe storms. High winds and heavy rain can really wreak havoc on your roof if it isn’t protected! While we in Northern Virginia typically don’t get the brunt of many major storms, the heavy storms and rainfall we do get during this time are enough to cause damage to your roof. At R.M. Banning, we make it our mission to protect your home during a hurricane, storm or other natural disaster. Here are a few tips to keep in mind should your home experience damage during a natural disaster like a hurricane or intense storm. You’ll also learn about the importance of having a “hurricane proof roof.”
What Kind of Damage Can a Storm Cause?
Heavy storms and the occasional hurricanes are one of the most dangerous threats to your roof. In addition to large amounts of rainfall, they bring heavy winds which can send debris flying around and may also damage your roof. Basically, this triple threat of rain, wind and debris makes it even more important to have a hurricane proof roof. Other forms of damage that occur after a hurricane or heavy storm include:
- Water leaks
- Roof structural damage (crumbling, torn off shingles, etc.)
- Mold growth
This is Just the Beginning: The Importance of a Hurricane Proof Roof
These problems are actually the least of your worries regarding roof damage. Without proper repair, these problems can fester, and eventually affect the entire structure of your house!
Water leaks can lead to the rotting and decaying of wooden structures in your home. Based on its size, and how long it persists before you seek repair, a water leak can wreak havoc on the foundation of your house, causing major structural damage that is both invasive and costly. Having a hurricane proof roof can help mitigate some of these short- and long-term problems.
In addition to rotting wood, leaks can also lead to mold,- another huge problem for many homes following big storms. Mold develops in damp or moist places (i.e. from the water leaks we just mentioned)! Its spores multiply very quickly, meaning that in relatively little time, your entire house could be infected with mold. Mold also poses many health risks, including allergic reactions and even allergy attacks.
Why You Need a Roofing Contractor
Your roof is the first form of protection against inclement weather and natural disasters. Without a sturdy and reliable roof, you’re putting your home at risk for any other problems that could end up costing you a lot of money. This shows the importance of having a hurricane proof roof.
If you’re concerned that you may have some roofing problems and need a Northern Virginia roofing contractor, contact R.M. Banning. We are experts in the field of roofing repair, and can especially be of service after a hurricane or intense storm.
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