There are so many reasons to love the summertime, but when it comes to roof maintenance, the warmer months present a unique challenge. Here are a few common roof problems to keep your eye out for this summer!
During much of the summer, your roof will be exposed to high temperatures and blistering sun rays, which can result in dried out and cracked shingles. In the most extreme cases, shingles can detach completely and slide off your roof. When damage like this occurs, it will leave the underlying layers exposed which can result in water leaks, mold issues, and serious structural damage.
Summer Storm Damage
While many of us love the relaxing sounds of a summer storm, your roof is put at risk whenever there’s heavy rainfall, strong winds, and hail. Summer storms are typically short in duration but pack a serious punch in terms of potential damage to your home and surrounding property. In a split second, a strong burst of wind can tear shingles off your roof, and open your home up for interior flooding and mold growth.
Moisture Build Up
The increased moisture levels and high temperatures of summer mean that the air inside your home will quickly become muggy, which can result in a moisture build up in your attic if there isn’t proper ventilation. Unfortunately, trapped water droplets can weaken your roof and take years off of its lifespan. Furthermore, this moisture can cause damage to the wooden components of your roof, resulting in expensive structural damage.
While moss is a charming addition to your garden, the same cannot be said about your roof. Especially if you live in a damp, heavily shaded area, moss growth can easily get out of control. It spreads through spores which can become airborne and find themselves at home on your roof. Once settled, it will grow in between the space of each shingle and if left unchecked, it can cause damage. Since moss traps moisture, this can lead to the underlying materials becoming weak and moldy.
Insect and Rodent Infestation
Summertime in the South means fun trips to the seaside, refreshing lemonade, and unfortunately, tons of pesky insects and rodents. With the increased rainfall and extreme heat, many pests, such as mosquitoes, termites, rats, and hornets, will be on the lookout for shelter and they just might find it on your property. If they decide to set up camp on your roof, they may cause extensive damage to the shingles, sealing, and wooden components.
Have you noticed any damage to your roof this summer? It’s best to take care of smaller issues before they snowball into costly repairs. If you have any roofing concerns, make sure to contact us today to schedule an appointment or ask about our new drone inspection services. Our team of experts will be happy to help and ensure that your roof is in good shape for years to come.