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How Summer Heat Impacts Your Roofing

How Summer Heat Impacts Your Roofing

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How Summer Heat Impacts Your Roofing

Most people don’t want to think about the impact of the changing seasons on your roof after a long and cold winter. While winter can be the most damaging to your roof’s structure, summer can bring about problems. Your roof can be damaged by heat, wind, thermal shock, and UV damage. Here are some ways that hot weather can affect your roof.

Summer Heat and How it Affects Your Roof

UV Exposure
Your roof is constantly exposed to the sun’s UV rays, which can cause it to age and decay. Even though this can happen even on cloudy days, it is especially dangerous during the long, hot summer months. Even though it is not visible to the naked eyes, this wavelength causes wood to bleach and crack. It also causes oils in roofing materials and construction materials to evaporate and asphalt shingles and shingles to buckle.
Thermal shock
Your roof can reach very high temperatures during the day. However, it quickly cools off at night. This causes roofing materials and construction materials to contract and expand. As time goes by, this can lead to a decrease in the structural integrity of your roof. This is especially true for metals, which can warp and create gaps.
Heat
If your roof is not shaded, it absorbs heat. Temperatures can reach 160°F on a 90°F day. High temperatures can accelerate chemical reactions, which causes roofing materials and other construction materials to become less durable. Proper attic ventilation will prevent heat buildup, which can heat up your home’s interior, and cause condensation.
Summer Storms
Wind and hail can damage your roof’s integrity. However, you can address any problems in the spring by checking for damage from the attic and looking for damp patches under your eaves. Also, look for gutter blockage. Finally, check the roof for damaged flashing and roofing materials.
It takes time for roof damage to become serious. It takes time for heat, UV radiation, and thermal shock to manifest so a week-long heat wave won’t cause your roof to collapse. Roofs less than a decade old and well maintained are almost always free from problems. It’s a great way to save money on your home’s long-term care costs by being alert for potential problems and taking corrective action.
Make sure your attic is properly ventilated to avoid the worst effects of summer heat. Your roof will last longer and protect your investment. Proper ventilation is essential to ensure that your roof lasts as long as it can. It is always cheaper to fix problems early and make repairs quickly. This will save you money on a new roof.

Do you need a roofing contractor to help you with a roof repair or replacement? Impact Roofing & Construction is the CSRA’s roofing specialist, and we’re here to serve you. Contact us today to arrange a free quote!