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How Heavy Downpours Affect Kansas City's Roofs

August 08, 2017

Kansas City has sustained some pretty significant rainstorms this summer, with up to 8 inches falling in the metro in record time. Washouts, flooding, and wet basements have all been featured on the local news, but there’s something you might not be considering after our heavy rainstorms—how it affects your roof. Here’s the straight scoop from the roofing experts at RSG Construction.

If you have a tile roof, small cracks can become big problems, creating places for water to seep through. During a downpour, especially one that lasts for an extended time, the cracks become small rivers that direct water to places it should not be going, most likely under your roofing material. These forceful rivers can also cause the cracks to widen and the tiles to move, creating larger areas for potential damage.

Roofs with asphalt shingles tend to be better at protecting from heavy downpours. But strong winds associated with storms can pull these shingles loose, leaving areas of your roof exposed to the rain. These can lead to leaks in your attic or living area.

One of the most hazardous effects of a heavy rainstorm, especially when it lands on a damaged roof, is that the roof can remain wet for days. Tile roofs are especially prone to trapping moisture, leading to the growth of mold on the roof of your house. Asphalt shingles, especially those that are old or damaged, can also harbor mold. This mold can then penetrate and grow in your house, your furniture and your carpets, causing health problems for your family and pets. If you see mold on your roof or have noticed it in your home, it’s time to call a professional for a roofing inspection.

With the strong winds and storms we’ve been having in our area lately, it’s a great time to call RSG Construction for your free roofing inspection. We can check for any damaged shingles, mold, or structural issues that might be lingering after our summer of severe weather. Would you like to make sure your roof is ready to weather the next big storm? Give the team at RSG a call at 816-866-4235 or just click HERE to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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