|Rain or Shine: 7 Ways that Weather Can Damage Your Home
Here are seven different ways that weather can cause damage to your home.
Extremely powerful winds from tornadoes and hurricanes can scrape the shingles off the tops of roofs and pull gutters away from rooflines.
Millions of dollars in damages are common from just a single hailstorm. If the hailstones are even moderately sized, their weight — coupled with the force at which they fall from the sky — can poke holes in the shingles of a roof. Large hailstones can even dent or bend gutters as well.
Though the rain itself usually doesn’t cause structural damage, any water that leaks into a home through gaps in the roof or walls can lead to messes that can be costly to clean up. This water can also lead to damage to walls, ceilings, and floors; as well as mold and mildew problems throughout a home.
Wintry temperatures (usually below 20 degrees) can affect a home even when there is no precipitation. Frigid conditions can cause pipes to freeze; and if they burst, flooding can occur in basements or rooms.
A little bit of snow usually doesn’t cause any problems. But multiple feet of snow can weigh on a roof or gutters and overwhelm physical support systems; causing buckling or holes in roofs and bending or breaking gutters.
During prolonged periods of precipitation and/or cold temperatures, ice can build up in a gutter to form an ice dam. These dams, which are fed by snowpack on roofs, can not only buckle and dislodge gutters; but the ice can also creep underneath shingles to damage the roof.
During prolonged periods of heat, the sun can damage furniture, rugs, and artwork by fading colors and making fibers brittle.