Spring Thunderstorms are Here

While you should watch out for major weather events, something as simple as a thunderstorm can also affect an already faulty roof. Spring is here and has brought this rainy weather along with it. Here are some facts about Thunderstorms and how you can protect your Lake of the Ozarks roof from further damage this spring!

What is a Thunderstorm? 

Thunderstorms are produced by a cumulonimbus cloud, usually producing gusty winds, heavy rain and sometimes hail. The basic ingredients used to make a thunderstorm are moisture, unstable air and lift. You need moisture to form clouds and rain, unstable air that is relatively warm and can rise rapidly, and you need lift from either fronts, sea breezes or mountains. Here are some fun facts about thunderstorms:

  • Thunderstorms can occur year-round at all hours, but are most likely to occur in spring and summer during the afternoon and evening hours. 
  •  It is estimated that around 1,800 thunderstorms occur across our planet every day. 
  • A typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes. 
  • Every thunderstorm has lightning; the sound is produced when the lightning creates a hole in the air and then the air collapses back in creating a sound wave. 
  • Other dangers associated with thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail, flash flooding and even sometimes wildfires. 

Thunderstorm Effects on Your Roof

Thunderstorms, many times, bring not only rain, but also high winds. The roof deck forms a critical shield protecting your home from high winds and rain. Unfortunately, the roof deck is often the second to be lost during high winds. While the loss of roof coverings can make your home vulnerable to water infiltration, loss of the roof's decking can result in excessive damage to your home and your possessions. As the wind blows over the roof, uplift force pulls at it. These forces try to pull off the roof covering and the roof deck. If the roof decking is blown off, the inside of your home becomes exposed to the elements. Trusses or rafters can even become unstable causing the entire roof to collapse.

Check the Condition of Your Roof

With the threat of storms this season, it is better to be prepared for the worst weather. Last week, we talked about the affects of hail, but it doesn't take weather as severe as hailstorms to cause damage. Home maintenance, especially throughout the winter can be difficult for many homeowners. Therefore, now is the time for a detailed inspection to check the condition of your roof and home. Knowing the current condition of your home is important to prevent expensive repairs in the future. While it can be quite tricky to detect roof damage on your own, there are signs you can see without climbing a ladder: 

  • Loose or Cracked Shingles
  • Fragments of Roofing Material on the Ground
  • Roof Leaks
  • Poor Insulation

These visible signs you can check for yourself. For further inspection, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call at 573-302-0354 for a FREE roof inspection. It is important to know that your roof is prepared to withstand the elements before bad weather occurs. By being proactive with your Lake of the Ozarks roof repairs, you can avoid costly damage in the long run.

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