Your roof is the main line of defense between your home and the elements. However, with the temperatures rising, it’s time for homeowners to prepare for the warm thunderstorms that the spring and summer seasons might bring. Here is an overview of how lightning can affect your roof and what you can do to reduce the potential damage.
How Does Lightning Affect a Roof?
There’s no way to tell the direction and intensity at which lightning will strike. One bolt of lightning is enough to inflict extensive damage upon your roof and gutter system, such as torn or missing shingles, a punctured hole in the roof, or broken bricks in the chimney. Lightning doesn’t even have to directly hit your roof to wreak damage upon it; if it hits surrounding trees or telephone poles, they can fall upon your roof and cause a potential electrical fire or structural issue.
What Can You Do to Protect Your Roof System?
Lightning rods are systems that can be installed on residential roofs to reduce the risk of lightning damage. Because lightning is attracted to metal conductors, this can help draw it away from the rest of your structure and toward the ground. Pruning any overhanging branches on your property is the best way to prevent falling debris from damaging your home’s structure.
If you’re building a custom home and wish to design your roof with durable materials, such as a lightning rod, turn to the team at Comia Home Builders. For nearly 20 years, these professional builders have specialized in new home design and construction services in St. Charles and St. Louis counties in Missouri. They also offer home improvement and remodeling services. Give them a call today at (314) 575-0521 to schedule a consultation with a member of their team. You can also visit their website to browse a portfolio of their completed projects.