Most people do not think about their roofing until there is a problem that needs immediate attention. Roofs are especially vulnerable during the summer months when humid weather, strong sunlight, storms, and pests are major concerns.
To help you protect your roof this summer, here are the top roofing problems to look out for in the summer. Although you can solve some common summer roof problems on your own, in other situations, you will need a professional to inspect and repair your roof.
- Sun Damage
The summer sun makes it easy to enjoy time outdoors, but it can also damage your roof. A roof that gets too much sun can fade and deteriorate, and it can even damage the adhesives that hold your roof to the wall. Unlike your skin, the materials of your roof can be significantly damaged by the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays in the summer. The sun’s UV light is not too affected by the atmosphere in the summer, so it can cause significant damage.
- High Humidity and Moisture
A hot and humid climate is another major source of roof problems during the summer, which can be further exacerbated by inadequate ventilation in your attic space. Without adequate ventilation in high humidity, moisture can build up on your roof and encourage rot.
- Heat Damage
Shade from trees and other buildings will serve to protect your roof from damage caused by the sun and heat. Dark roofing materials like asphalt shingles will absorb high levels of heat, causing them to break down through rapid expansion during the daytime.
- Water Damage
During the summer season, summer rain can drastically worsen the problem. Damage to roof shingles in the form of breaking, cracking, warping, or falling off can lead to leaks. Reducing the likelihood of water damage is done by regularly inspecting the roof.
- Storm Damage
During summer thunderstorms, your roof may suffer several problems. You should examine your roof for damage after each storm. Winds can damage shingles and even blow them from your roof. Tree branches and other debris can also strike your roof and cause damage.
- Moss and Algae Growth
Moist conditions often lead to moss growth and algae growth on your roof. While a small amount of moss won’t harm your roof, significant amounts trap excessive moisture and harm wood materials. Even metal or asphalt roofs can become moss-covered and damage the whole roof in no time causing you to replace your roof. Moss spreads through the air as spores, lands on your roof, and begins to grow in wet weather. It becomes harder to eliminate the longer it has been on your roof, so be sure to get rid of it as soon as possible.
- Pest Problems
The summer months bring an abundance of insects and rodent pests that can cause expensive and damaging damage to your roof. Most of these pests emerge in full force during the summer, and if you haven’t inspected your roof and taken precautions, they may find a new home on your roof. Common pests that can damage your roof include:
In addition to eating food and contaminating it, termites and rats can damage your roof in several ways. Termites gnaw electrical wires and wooden structures, such as roofs, causing the roof to sag. Rats gnaw at wooden ceilings and wooden beams, causing the roof to sag. To nest, they also tear up wall and ceiling insulation. If rats are living anywhere in your home, they can cause significant damage with their gnawing and nest-building behaviors.
For more information, contact RRG Roofing at 678-326-4951. We service areas in Dahlonega, Blairsville, Hiawassee, and Alpharetta, GA.
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