As we all know, summer is when weather temperatures are most high. Did you know, however, that these high temperatures can cause all sorts of damage to your roof? Listed below are some of the most common issues summer weather causes when it comes to your roof.
Warping of the Roof
When the temperature rises, matter expands. This is why your doors give a bit of resistance when you try to open them during the summer months. They expand enough to fill in the gaps between the door and the door space or entryway, creating friction and resistance when you try to open or close the door. This phenomenon also happens with your roof components. They expand–or grow–in warmer months, and contract–or shrink–in colder months. Constant expansion and contraction lead to the roof’s shape warping. A warped roof is likely to have structural gaps, which will lead to more issues with the roof, such as allowing the elements into your house.
Typically, increase in temperature comes with increased air humidity. Increased humidity can lead to mold in your roof and/or attic, as well as rotting of wood and increased moisture in the roof structure. Increased moisture can affect the effectiveness of the roof’s ability to protect the house from the elements by loosing adhesives or rotting materials that work best when dry. In addition, moisture and heat together can cause rusting of metal components, further compromising the integrity of your roof.
Breakdown of Materials
The materials that comprise your roof are susceptible to long exposure of heat over time. Adhesives and protective oils dry and crack under prolonged exposure to extreme heat, causing roof shingles and other materials to be weaker, further exposing the roof and attic to damaging effects of warm weather and precipitation, such as rain, storms, snow, and hail.
To stay on top of protecting your roof, it is best to regularly monitor your roof and check for any swelling, warping, or damage. You can also contact our contractors here at Jireh General Contractors to schedule a professional inspection. Our thorough look-over will uncover any warning signs in your roof’s structure and materials. By routinely inspecting your roof, you are taking a proactive step to catch any issues before they grow into money and time draining repair projects.
If you do have any issues with your roof’s integrity as a result of extreme heat (or anything else), our experts here at Jireh will also be able to help you repair your roof and perform routine maintenance to increase its longevity. Don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out our contact form. Both our number and form are listed right below this article for your convenience.