Can Rain Wear Out Shingles?

Think it’s time for a new roof only after you noticed a leaky spot? Well, sure, a leak certainly does indicate that you need a repair at the very minimum, but you should be much more proactive than that. There are plenty of visual signs that will let you know when your roof is beginning to experience some problems and heavy rains over a period of time can certainly cause it to lose some of its structural integrity.

Hard Rain Falling on Roof with Rain Gutters

The Short Answer Is, Yes

Generally speaking, all of the natural elements can and will cause the shingles on your roof to wear out over time. From long, hot summers where the shingles absorb direct sunlight, to heavy snow and ice, wind and rain, your roof won’t last forever.

Even if you haven’t quite noticed a leak or any missing shingles just yet, heavy rain can certainly cause your shingles to start wearing out.

What To Look For

Aside from any major structural damage, that you will probably notice right away, there are a few other things you should be on the lookout for.

After major storms, where strong winds and driving rain swept through your neighborhood, you should check for excess granule buildup in your gutters and around the areas when rainfall typically collects around your yard.

Granules were added to the design of shingles as an added layer of protection against harmful UV rays. As your roof takes a pounding from torrential rain and heavy winds, the granules can become loose and start to wash away.

In addition to looking for granules, you should also be looking for buckling or bending shingles or any other signs of deterioration.

Not sure if your roof will be able to weather the next storm? Call on the roofing experts at Preferred Exterior today! We are a full service commercial, industrial and residential roofing company, with a solid reputation of getting the job done right the first time, so you know you can count on us!

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