Bad Things That Can Happen To Roofs

In many ways, your roofing system is the pillar of your home security. Without a strong roof overhead, you and your family members are subject to the vagaries of the weather and to other dangers. Your roof is exposed to the wind, snow and elements every day of every year, and this is the case for roofs everywhere. Mostly, they hold up pretty well, all things considered, but now and then disasters strike roofing systems. Here are a few of the catastrophes that can cause a roof failure.


The most likely cause of roof collapse Canada is from heavy snow. Dense wet snow places an enormous burden on your roof. After a particularly bad snowfall, the structure can sag or even break in places. New technology can measure the weight on your roof and alert you to a serious situation. This approach saves you a bit of worry and prevents you from paying extra for unneeded snow removal.


The wind is a super-powerful force. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale lists a category 5 hurricane as having winds of at least 157 mph. Winds that high will destroy wood-framed houses and result in total roof failure. Even a category 3 hurricane with winds between 111 and 129 mph will cause portions of a roof to be damaged. A category 2 hurricane with winds of 96 to 110 mph will cause major roof failure and siding damage to a home.


Home and business fires happen each day in the U.S. and Canada. Many of these fires cause extensive damage to structures. Since heat rises, the flames almost invariably affect the roof. Firefighters also frequently destroy sections of roof to allow the fire to release pressure. This is done to protect other areas of the property and to facilitate the saving of lives.