How Bad Weather Impacts Your Roof

damaged roofWe all know the saying, “April showers, bring May flowers.” Well, the other thing severe weather conditions often bring is roof damage. Your roof goes through a lot throughout the year. Homes do not just deal with heavy rainstorms, but snow, ice, hail, and extreme temperatures as well. These conditions put a strain on the essential components of your home and can put the integrity of your roof at risk.

When damage does occur to your home, do not wait to call a professional. If you need repairs or a roof replacement, Rutter Roofing & Exteriors is the leading local roofing company servicing Eastern Pennsylvania, as well as sections of New Jersey and Northern Delaware. We are experienced in the severe weather roofing damage common in this area and have the tools and training to make your repairs promptly to keep your home and family safe.

5 Ways Weather Damages Your Home

The weather in this area can be wildly unpredictable. It is crucial to be prepared for unexpected weather conditions and to make repairs immediately to avoid further issues and more expensive damage. Below are some of the extreme weather conditions you need to be ready for, that can be problematic for your roof.  

Heavy Rain

Heavy rainstorms are the most common weather condition your home will face. Rain not only damages your roof during the storm but can have lingering effects afterward too. Excess precipitation can lead to flooding in your basement or through holes in your roof. If you do not have a proper gutter and drainage system, lingering moisture can also lead to mold or mildew growth as well as rotting wood. Adequate roof preparation such as sealing and installing a new gutter system can help protect your roof from heavy rain. 

High Winds

When wind gusts reach extreme speeds, it can be devastating for your roof. Besides ripping off shingles, the wind can also blow debris that damages your roof. In the worst-case scenario, high wind speeds can knock down trees that cause catastrophic damage to your home. Some steps can be taken to protect your home from high winds, such as new modern shingles with built-in nail strips to help secure your shingles during high winds.


It should come as no surprise that golf ball-sized ice chunks can cause some damage to your roof. Hailstorms are one of the top causes of severe weather roofing damage. While shingles and roofing materials are designed to be able to withstand most conditions, including hail damage, intense storms with large particle sizes can still cause significant issues. Call a trusted and reliable local roofing company if your home suffers damage and you need a prompt roof replacement. 

Snow and Ice

Snow can cause flooding issues even more than rain because it will linger and form ice dams. As the snow eventually melts, it can cause problems for your foundation and landscaping, and lead to flooding. Ice dams and heavy icicles can also yield damage to your roof and gutters. Talk to your roofing company about ice dam prevention and steaming services to help ensure that you are not susceptible to damage.

Temperature Fluctuations 

People often do not realize that extreme temperature fluctuations can also be problematic for your roof. Swinging from one extreme temperature to another can cause stress on your shingles and other roofing materials. These swings can cause damage such as curling, peeling, loose, detached, or falling shingles. An expert roofing contractor will be able to assess any damage to your roof and repair any issues caused by temperature fluctuations.

Be Prepared with Rutter Roofing

With the wild and unpredictable weather conditions facing Southeast Pennsylvania, prepare your home with the all-weather roofing services of Rutter Roofing & Exteriors. When Mother Nature damages your home and it is time for a roof replacement, call Rutter Rooting for expertise and experience working with all materials and designs, and customer service that is second to none.