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The Most Overlooked Danger to Your Roof This Winter

As the temperatures drop, most homeowners in Medford, Oregon, are prepared to deal with many of the perils the season presents to the roof of your home. Snow and ice can both be devastating, causing significant damage that can lead to expensive repairs. But there is one other factor that can cause just as much damage yet is often overlooked: wind. At a glance, this might seem like an outlandish statement. The problem is that when people think about wind, they usually imagine a particularly breezy day, which at most might result in your garbage bins getting overturned. The truth is that wind can be far more dangerous.

Wintertime is not only a period more prone to falling snow and freezing rain but also to some of the strongest windstorms of the year. As the speed of the wind picks up, so does the amount of damage that wind is capable of. Here are some examples of the kind of damage wind can cause to your roof:

  1. Torn, Loose, or Broken Shingles

Shingles have many purposes, from serving as an insulating layer to helping regulate the temperatures of your home to forming a protective barrier. When properly installed, they can help safeguard your roof from the threat of snow, rain, and hail. Torn, loose, and broken shingles leave areas of your roof more exposed to those threats, making it more likely for you to develop leaks in the process.

  1. Torn Flashing

Flashing also helps protect your roof from harsh weather, placed around openings and joints on your roof. At high speeds, the wind can tear up whole pieces of flashing, disrupting the system of protection.

  1. Damage From Tree Debris

Under the right circumstances, windstorms can cause large dead branches or even entire trees to crash onto household roofs. The weight of the tree debris combined with the force of the wind is a powerful combination and can leave giant holes in your roof.

The worst of windstorms can cause so much damage that you might have to replace your roof altogether. In such a situation, it is critical to contact a roofing company as quickly as possible in order to prevent further damage to your home. That’s why at Rogue Valley Roofing, we are prepared to handle all of your roofing needs. Simply give us a call at 541-776-6620, or contact us via our website to get started.