Charleston sees an average of 51 inches of rainfall a year, and the roof of your home sees every little drop. Combine that rain with high winds, hail, snow, and extensive exposure to the sun, and it’s no surprise that dealing with roofing issues, and water damage, is just part of typical home ownership. The good news is that Homewerx offers water damage roof repair in Charleston, SC!
Here are a few things you need to know about how water damage affects your roof and what you can do about it.
Common Causes Of Roof Water Damage
The main culprit of water damage on the roof is water. Surprise! But it’s not just those dramatic summer thunderstorms that can result in water damage. Strong winds can knock the shingles and other roofing materials right off the roof, weakening the structure and allowing for water and moisture to seep in.
Even when there’s not a cloud in the sky, the UV light from the sun can deteriorate the roof. This is very common with roofs with asphalt shingles. Once deterioration has started, there’s not much to protect the inner sheathing from the elements. Another cause of roof damage is moss. Many homeowners see moss as nothing more than a cosmetic problem, but it can actually contribute to water damage on your roof. This is because moss spreads quickly and keeps moisture and water in one place, weakening your roof over time.
Problems Associated With Water Damage
The repercussions of water damage on your roof never just stay on the roof. When your roof experiences water damage, the effects trickle (pun intended) throughout the home.
The first area that is affected after water has compromised your roof is the attic. Water can ruin items stored in the attic, and water it can also create a breeding ground for mold. This mold can find its way into the air filtration system of the home, posing a threat to your family’s health and your home’s structural integrity.
Structural damage is another problem that comes with water damage. Wall framing and ceiling joists can suffer when there is extensive water intrusion. Wood framing that is damaged because of water can be expensive to repair, and damaged roof framing can quickly become a dangerous issue.
Beware Of Mold
Mold and mildew are issues can also arise when a roof has had water damage. The stagnant water can create black mold, which can be difficult to get rid of and detrimental to your health. Mold that gets into the HVAC system can filter throughout the home and find its way into furniture and carpets. Mold can be dangerous for people with sensitive or compromised immune systems and can lead to allergic reactions or breathing issues.
Signs That Damage Has Occurred
It’s important to note that a roof that has undergone damage is not always as apparent as water leaking into your living room. Signs of roof water damage include:
- Discoloration in the ceilings and walls. It could be yellow, copper, tan or brown in color.
- Standing water or pools of water in places around the home
- A change in the texture of the floors and walls
- A musty odor associated with mold
Options For Repair
This kind of damage is not something you can ignore and hope it goes away. Water will expand and wreak havoc until it’s under control. Getting your roof back to normal involves a series of steps including drying out the damaged areas, removing affected ceiling panels, and replacing damaged wood. Roofs with extensive damage need to be assessed by a professional to ensure the longevity of your roof and your valuables, and more importantly, the safety of your family.
Homewerx Is Here To Help
Homewerx is a leading residential roofing contractor in the Charleston, SC area. When it comes to repairing and replacing roofs, windows, and siding that have been affected by water damage, you can trust us to get the job done right. If you suspect damage to your roof, or just want to be proactive to prevent a more significant problem in the future, contact Homewerx today to schedule a free inspection and no-obligation estimate.