Extreme Weather and Extreme Roof Damage From 2018

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Extreme Weather and Extreme Roof Damage From 2018

As we head into the holiday season and wrap up 2018, this is the perfect time of year to take a look back and reflect on the year we’re leaving behind. One thing we can pretty much all agree on from 2018 is that it was filled with extreme weather events and extreme, costly damage. This damage was suffered by people all across the United States and around the world. Homes were flooded, damaged, and unfortunately, in some cases, completely destroyed. In today’s blog, we’re taking a look back at the year and taking a closer look at severe weather, the impact it had on buildings and structures, and how we might be able to decrease the amount of damage with new innovations in construction looking to 2019.

Rain and Hail

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Regardless of where you live in the United States, there is no avoiding rain and severe water events. Hard rain brought on by tropical storms, flooding, freezing rain, and hailstones battered many parts of the United States this year. Among the many hard showers of rain and storms, there were a few this year that broke out of the norm and caused serious damage and showed what severe rain looks like. Not just difficult to manage for travel and going about daily tasks, these weather events caused damage to structures and left many reeling from the after effects. One such event took place in Venice, Italy just a few months ago. This iconic city is known for the water throughout the city, but recent flooding has nearly brought the well-known vistas under water. As the worst flooding in a decade, this water is impacting people not just native to the city, but the thousands of tourists who come to see the city every year. Looking forward, the city and those who live and work along the waterway are looking for new innovations to help protect the city and the businesses from damaging water. Talks of innovative flood barriers might help the city in the future, but plans must make drastic changes to protect the historic buildings inside and out from water damage.

Freezing Rain in Florida

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The next severe example of weather impacting structures comes from the United States. Florida is no stranger to rain and water, but one thing you don’t typically expect from the sunshine state is hail. Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming usually have the most hail storms, earning them the name ‘hail valley’. These three states see on average seven to nine hail days per year. In 2018 we saw a weather event in Florida bring down freezing rain and hailstones many residents were not prepared for. This weather event taught us all that no matter where in the United States you live, you should have a plan and preparations in place for just about any weather event. Hail-resistant roofing, storm shutters, and a secure insurance plan are three things we should all think about implementing in our homeowner or business owner plans to prepare for all weather events, regardless of if you’re in hail valley, or in a state you would never expect to see such damaging events.

Hot Temperatures

We usually don’t worry too much about heat impacting homes or businesses. Aside from running the air conditioner, there really isn’t too much else to do. But increasing temperatures over long periods of time during off-season months raises some red flags. In Boston this year, we saw a strange warm weather event at the beginning of 2018. The average temperature in Boston in February is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, but this year on February 20th and 21st, Boston saw record-breaking temperatures in the ’70s! While this weather doesn’t bring homes down to rubble or damage structures with waves of water, it does impact the roof of a home or building. In areas known for long periods of hot weather exposure, structures are reinforced with sun blocking or heat reflecting technology to keep the temperature down inside and limit the damage of UV rays on roofs. While it might not be necessary to plan for spikes like this if they only occur one once in a while, it is important to keep an eye on weather patterns and make sure your building is prepared for all types of weather and is energy efficient all year long.

Damaging Winds

Hurricanes and tornadoes bring severe weather with them like hard rains, hail, lightning and of course, winds that can tear structures off the foundation. Wind is one of the most damaging weather events and structures less prepared for strong winds often lose shingles, outdoor furniture, windows, doors, and can seriously weaken the structure of a building. No matter where in the U.S. you live or whatever kind of severe weather you get, there are many things you can do to prepare a building. Reinforced shingles or roofing systems can help limit the chances of costly damage. Shutters for windows and reinforced doors are just a few things you can add to a building to prepare for any type of wind event you’re met with.

As we close in on the end of the year, think about your own interactions with severe weather this year. Is there more you can do for the structure of your building to prepare for anything mother nature could throw your way? If you need help getting started, our team of professionals would be happy to perform an inspection and give you a better idea of how your roof fared this year and if you need repairs or replacements to prepare for the next year of weather. Get started with us and schedule an inspection to see where you stand and what you can do to be more prepared for 2019!