Hailstones can cause dents, cracks and other perforations on your shingles, while high-speed winds can cause them to loosen. The damage sustained by your roofing system from inclement weather helps pave the way for a common high-risk problem–excess moisture. But how exactly does moisture damage a roof? Arrowhead Roofing, a premier storm damage roof repair expert in the area, answers this question here.
Through Mold Growth and Rot
Any openings on your roof caused by harsh elements make it easy for moisture to infiltrate the system. Moisture comes in several different forms. Snow and ice, for example, are just moisture in solid form, while rain is its liquid state. There’s also water vapor, which is basically indoor air moisture generated by water-related household tasks. One way or another, moisture in its different forms can end up in your attic.
Since the roof decking and trusses are usually made of wood or wood composites, their exposure to moisture can lead to mold growth and rot. This can weaken the structural integrity of the roofing system. Moisture-laden air–when coupled with excess heat–can also rise and bake the roofing shingles overhead, causing them to age prematurely. Depending on the extent of the damage created by the moisture, you may have to ask a trusted local roofer for a repair or roof replacement estimate.
How to Tell If Your Roof Has Moisture Damage
The warning signs are fairly easy to spot. Just check your ceiling for water or mold stains. You should also take a look inside your attic to see if there are any signs of mold. Its presence is generally characterized by fuzzy discoloration on the wood elements of the roofing structure. Is the roof decking stained, or wet and soft to the touch? Does the roof look like it’s sagging? That’s moisture damage in action, and it should prompt a quick call to a premier roofer like Arrowhead Roofing for the necessary solution.
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In addition to custom metal roofing installation, Arrowhead Roofing can also handle your roof repair and replacement needs. Look no further for safe, reliable service you won’t find anywhere else. We proudly serve the areas in and around Tulsa, OK. Call us today at (918) 743-9257 or fill out this contact form to schedule a roof evaluation.