Wind-Driven Rain & Your Roof

Wind-Driven Rain & Your Roof

Wind-driven rain is precisely what it sounds like, it is rain that is propelled by wind, driving it in directions that aren't the norm. While this isn't a regular occurance every time rain falls, when it does, you could find signs of water intrusion, leading to necessary repairs. 

Winds of Change
This weather occurrence is common during storms that are acquainted by high-speed winds, typically upwards of 50 MPH. These high-winds cause water to enter through an ezgif.com resize 24 3  opening of your home that it would not have not normally found its way in through. Your roof can be in perfect condition, never having experienced any leaks before, but when the wind is driving the rain horizontally across and upwards onto it, water can infiltrate.

Methods of Entry
This is common at a few key areas, such as Gable, Soffit, Ridge & Whirlybird Vents. While these vents are specifically designed to stop the infiltration of rain when it is coming down in a normal direction, high-speed wind ezgif.com resize 25  can cause rain to move abnormally. If the wind is blowing in at a horizontal angle these vents and their defenses can be penetrated, leading to leaks. Water can infiltrate from beneath the roofing materials themselves; such as, the Shingles, Tiles & Slates. During high-wind weather conditions materials can be blown off or dislocated, it is wise to take a look around your yard(s) for shingles or tiles that have blown off. Grab a set of binoculars and scan the roof for missing or dislocated Shingles or Tiles and have them repaired ASAP, as that can be another cause of leaks. 
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Yearly roof maintenance checks and general maintenance repairs are imperative to keeping your roof in top-condition and able to "weather the storm". If you suspect your home has suffered wind-driven rain damage, give our experts a call today. We will come out and provide you with a FREE ESTIMATE and help get your roof back in water-tight condition before storm season arrives. Give us a call at (650) 583-5998 or request a quote above today!