The Importance of Proper Roof Maintenance in Huntington Beach
Orange County, especially Huntington Beach, is blessed with a delightful climate for most of the year. Our community may not experience heavy rain or be threatened by snow. However, being in Southern California, our area has specific weather threats that can affect your roof. For instance, the weather between January and March sees more precipitation. Once we move into summer, the summers can be stiflingly hot. Though that may not sound like a big deal to us, it is difficult to imagine how much our roofs are subjected to from the weather alone. Aside from the weather, there are also other threats to our roofs, making regular roofing maintenance essential to our Huntington Beach homes and businesses.
What Threatens Our Roofs in Huntington Beach?
The roof is one of our property’s first lines of defense against environmental elements. Depending on your specific location, there are other threats to your roof aside from the weather. Taken together, these factors add to the vulnerability of your roof. If you ignore these threats, they will eventually compromise the structural integrity of your roof, leading to untold expenses. Knowing these threats helps you take the appropriate steps to protect your roof.
Trees present a significant threat to your roof if they surround your property. Overhanging branches may swing or fall regardless of the weather. Once they fail, they will cause cracks, punctures, gaps, or dents to your roof. Moreover, trees may break and land on your roof.
Aside from the threats posed by limbs and trunks, debris from trees, such as needles, twigs, and leaves, will harm your roof if you leave them on it long enough. Tree debris collects and retains moisture, leading to rot and mold growth.
Though rare, Southern California occasionally gets hit by hail. For instance, on February 15, 2022, hailstorms fell on the areas between Brentwood and Pasadena following a brief cold spell after an unseasonable heat wave—these hard lumps of ice fall at high speeds and will damage roofing materials, especially older roof structures.
Since our community is near the coast, expect some spells of high winds. These winds have enough force to lift roofing materials, especially loose shingles or corrugated iron roofs that have already been damaged or compromised. Gaps left between sections that were blown off may allow water to seep through, causing further damage.