Extreme summer heat can damage your roof, especially if it’s old. This is why a roof inspection and repairs are important before the really hot weather gets here.
Summer Heat Causes Damage
General Roof Degradation
Long term exposure to direct sunlight wears down your roofing material. And older roofs are more likely to experience damage from the sun. Asphalt shingles may peel, buckle, or erode. This leaves the wood surface underneath exposed to the sun and rain, which may experience water damage. Consider replacing your roof if the roof is more than 15 years old.
Damage from Thermal Shock
Roofing systems tend to expand in the heat and contract as the temperature goes lower. Constant contraction and expansion can strain it physically, decreasing its lifespan. Plus, older roofs are more prone to splitting and cracking in warmer weather.
The Effects of High Humidity
Hot, humid air can contribute to roof damage. Condensation can settle beneath the shingles, which may result in water damage or leaks. Weatherproofing materials may prevent this problem, but only with short term benefits. Proper attic ventilation is something to consider, too.
Get A Professional Inspection from Dreamworks
Your roof is the most critical part of your home. If you notice any warning signs of roof damage from summer heat, call Dreamworks, your local roofing contractor. The effects of heat damage are not always apparent on the inside of a home; it can damage insulation and deck sheathing causing replacement costs to grow. Contact us today before the damage gets out of control.