In the early 2000’s, a series of disastrous storms swept through Ohio. With it came fierce winds, large pounding hail, and of course, rain. Around this time, New Albany also became the site for hundreds of new-build homes. These, and many other homes in the area, are now due for new roofs.
The roofs on the then-new homes built in New Albany have an average life span of 10 – 15 years. Given this, and the upset caused by major storms including Ike, it’s time for homeowners to think about having those roofs replaced.
Common Roofing Materials Used
Typical roofs, especially those on new-build homes are made of asphalt shingles. These are the most common materials used in roofing in the United States. They are made of either organic or fiberglass material. They come in various styles and colors, making them a versatile design choice. There are roofing materials that hold longer life spans than asphalt, however, the versatility, affordability, and average life span makes this material an appealing choice for many home-builders.
What Does Wind and Hail Do to a Roof?
First, it’s important to realize that not all weather related damage is obvious or easy to see. To be sure of the condition of your roof, consult a professional for an inspection.
Wind, especially strong ones that heavy storms bring, can damage shingles in a couple of ways. They can curl and warp shingles, impairing their ability to protect the home. They can also tear whole shingles clean off a roof. This leaves the underside bare and vulnerable to the elements.
Hail does its share of havoc wreaking as well. Shingles are typically covered in small granules. These little wonders are responsible for aiding the shingle in protecting roofs from sun and rain. When hail slams against shingles, it dents the shingles and loosens the granules. This reduces the ability of the roof to do its job and shortens its lifespan.
Repairing Roof Damage in New Albany, Ohio
Not surprisingly, a damaged roof can create leaks into your home. However, what may surprise you is all the potential damage even the smallest leak can do to your home.
Water that has entered your home through a roof leak can create a mold problem inside your home. As the moisture breeds mold, it can cause health issues such as respiratory disorders. Mold also causes foul odor and can lead to costly repairs and clean up.
- Property Damage
A roof leak can lead to interior ceiling damage, as well as damage to the surrounding walls. Be on the lookout for discolored ceiling and surrounding walls and bubbling or peeling paint. If your home has an attic, damage to any goods you have stored is also possible. Light fixtures and ceiling fans are also affected and damaged by water leaks.
- Electricity Damage
Water from a leaky roof can enter your home’s electrical system. This carries not only the risk of expensive wiring repairs, but also of electrical fire.
- Whole Home Structure
Water is a nasty substance when it pairs with the wood that frames your home. With water damage comes the loss of integrity of your home’s sturdiness. Damaged, weakened, and eventually rotting wood compromises your home in unseen ways that will lead to further damage and costly repairs once discovered.
Quality Roof Replacement in New Albany, Ohio
If you live in New Albany, or an area surrounding, your home may have suffered through major storms over the years. These storms may have caused damage to your roof or weakened it. If you would like a professional roof inspection, or an estimate on a roof replacement, please contact us.