Norwalk Roofing: Article About The Dangers Of Water Damage
When a homeowner thinks of what can cause the most damage to their house, hail or high winds may come to mind. However, water is the most frequent source of damage, and it may develop slowly over a long period of time without giving any indication that something is wrong. Water can damage a home from top to bottom, reducing the structural integrity of everything from rafters to a home's foundation.
If water is able to soak into a home through a roof, it may lead to a buildup of moisture that can warp rafters and other wood in the house. High amounts of moisture can also cause mold to develop, which can lead to respiratory problems for a home's residents. When water gets into insulation, it can reduce the R value of insulation, lowering its ability to keep out cold in the winter and heat in the summer. Norwalk roofing services may be required to replace it.
Water can also damage a home's foundation if it is not channeled away from it, and windows and outside walls can be stained or damaged if water is not diverted away from them. Standing water on a roof can allow leaks to develop in the roof, and it also adds weight that a roof must support.
The roofers from Sound Renovation of Norwalk can answer any questions you have about composite roofing or gutters.
If too much standing water gathers on a roof, it might cause the roof to collapse.
Due to all the potential problems that water can cause to a home, roofs are designed specifically to keep water out. This is accomplished by keeping water flowing off a roof and diverting it away from the base of a home. However, for a roof to be able to do this, it needs to be properly maintained.
The majority of homes have asphalt shingles, which repel water. Roofs are installed at an incline, so gravity keeps water flowing off the roof. To help ensure that water does not get in where shingles are not completely able to cover a roof, such as around a chimney, weatherproofing is installed. Roof sheathing may also be installed under shingles to provide an additional layer of water protection.
Gutters run along the sides of a roof and provide a place for water to go instead of simply flowing over the sides, preventing it from staining or damaging outside walls. Water is then directed to a downspout where it is channeled away from the base of a home.