If you can’t remember the last time you’ve done a roof inspection, it may be a good time to do that now. Heat can punish an old roof and make it more vulnerable to the elements.
Before the hot summer days set in, take a moment to review how your roofing system might be affected by the increased temperatures.
What Happens When Your Roof Is Exposed to Heat?
Hours of continuous sunlight can degrade the materials on commercial and residential roofs. This is particularly problematic if you have an older roof. Asphalt shingles may be buckling, peeling or eroding, leaving the wood below exposed to sunlight and summer rain.
This may cause widespread damage like rot and water infiltration throughout your attic over time. If your roof is over 20 years old or if you can see visible shingle damage, consider having it inspected by a professional before summer arrives.
Thermal shock may also occur during the warmer weather. Roofing materials expand as the temperature rises during the day and then cool and contract after sunset. As this continually happens, the repeated expansion and contraction can strain your roofing materials. Thermal shock is why, in the summer, splits and cracks are more common, especially on aging roofs.
In addition, added humidity can also play a role in roof damage in the summertime. Condensation can cause buildup under the shingles, resulting in widespread water damage or leakage. Weatherproof materials are available to prevent this problem, but older systems may still face a threat.
Elite Roofing Solutions is here to help. Call us today at (855) 588-6610. We work with homeowners in Spring, TX.