Fortunately, houses are usually built with materials that are of a good enough quality to remain intact during stormy weather. However, parts of a house can get destroyed even when there isn't a storm, such as when strong winds knock shingles off of a roof. The shingles might get damaged as they hit the ground, but new ones can easily be purchased and placed on the roof. Missing shingles may be easy to replace, but a roof deck can actually become badly damaged if the repair doesn't happen soon enough. Major roof problems can also develop if there are shingles on a roof that are worn out or not properly attached to the deck to fully protect it from outside elements.
Less Stability During Bad Weather
When there is even minor damage on a roof, it can have an impact on the stability that it has during bad weather. For example, if there is a shingle missing, it makes it easier for wind during a storm to lift the other shingles up that surrounds the space it was once attached to. It is more difficult for wind and rain to get beneath shingles when they are all intact and properly secured to the deck. When it comes to major roof damage, it is easier for a bad storm to take it completely off your house, even if there isn't wind speeds of a tornadic level. You can keep your roof stable by promptly getting missing shingles or other materials replaced.
The Risk of Interior Damage
Don't shrug a damaged roof off as the type of repair that can wait until a later date, especially if you care about the inside of your house. When a roof is damaged badly, it will eventually begin to cause interior damage as well. For example, if a roof deck is soggy, rainwater can seep into it and get into the walls or other areas of your house. The water can lead to walls and ceilings developing stains, mold growth, bubbles, and mildew. If your roof is already causing such problems in your house, you should get it replaced without delay.
A Bad Roof Can Possibly Cave-In
If you allow roof damage to get out of control, it might end up harming someone in your household. The biggest risk that you are taking by not replacing a bad roof is for it to cave-in. A residential roofing company can take care of your bad roof in no time to make sure that you and your family are safe.
For more information about roofs, speak with a residential roofer.