April Showers Bring May Flowers, But They May Also Bring Roof Damage

rain water roof damageSpringtime is here and for the Tri-state area, that means rain, wind, rain and more rain! Not only does the wet weather prevent us from getting outdoors, heavy rain can potentially cause damage to your home’s roof in the form of leaks, structural damage and deterioration. Before the rainy season picks up, it’s a good idea to get ahead and ensure your roof is ready to withstand the elements. So, while we’re waiting for the May flowers, the experts at Rutter Roofing are here to prepare your roof for the weather and offer some tips if your roof does become damaged from the rain.

Heavy rain and nasty storms can affect your roof in more ways than one, from missing shingles to falling tree branches. Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against a storm and, when compromised, it can cause big problems. A damaged roof is hard to spot with an untrained eye, so calling on the experts at Rutter Roofing before the storms hit is a smart idea. Our experts can help assess and fix any problem areas before they become costly repairs.

Missing, Cracked Shingles
After a storm, it’s a good idea to get outside and look at your roof. If you spot any broken, curling or missing shingles, cracks or something just doesn’t look right, it’s best to get an expert opinion right away. Damaged shingles welcome excessive moisture which can wreak havoc on your roof. This moisture invites mold growth and, if not taken care of properly, can cause serious damage.

After a heavy rainfall, especially on older shingles, the stress of the rain can cause your shingles to become warped or curl and when that happens, water can find its way underneath. This creates bare spots on your roof, allowing water to seep in. When water seeps into your home, you’re looking at structural damage, mold growth and rotting.

Mold and Rot
If you spot mold inside your attic, that means water or moisture has infiltrated the space somehow, and is trapped or due to poor ventilation cannot dry out. If not taken care of, mold can spread into your home and cause health issues for you and your family.

If you find fungus growing on your roof, that’s usually caused by leaves, tree branches or vegetation. A roof inspection should be completed by a professional, which can potentially reveal a compromised roofing system.

How Rutter Roofing Can Help
Our expert contractors are here for you. If you feel that your roof becomes damaged from rain, wind or falling debris this season, call Rutter Roofing right away, don’t wait. While regular maintenance can help prevent some of these common problems, know you can trust in Rutter Roofing to help with all your roof repair needs when they arise. From roofing and siding replacements to decks, doors, window repairs and more, contact us today to help fix any problem!