Summer Hazards for Your Roof

05 Jun Summer Hazards for Your Roof

rain on roofMost people think of heavy snowstorms and icy weather when it comes to seasonal roof hazards, but the truth is that the summertime can bring with it a great many potentially damaging hazards to your roof as well. Here are some of the most common summertime dangers when it comes to your roof.

Summer Storms

There may not be snow during the summer, but heavy rains, winds, and hail that may come in the summertime are all bad news for your roof. Water is a roof’s number one enemy, and heavy rains have the potential to cause pooling water, which can lead to serious shingle and flashing damage over time. Meanwhile, high winds can mean for broken or missing shingles, damage to your shingle seals, torn insulation, or even heavy broken tree limbs that may fall onto your roof. Hail can have similar effects. Following any major storm, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof for shingle damage, imperfections in the weather caulking, leaks, and pooling water.

High Heat

Believe or not, even extreme heat can have damaging effects on your roof. And because shingles are so often dark in color, roofs often absorb a great deal of heat. While shingles are made to withstand high temperatures—they do spend all of their time outdoors under the sun after all—sometimes they can develop bubbles, lose granules, or blow off in the wind completely when exposed to too much heat over time. If you live in an especially hot climate, regular roof inspections are a great idea.

Very Dry Weather

Extremely dry weather can also cause roof damage. The shingles on wood roofs might split over time when exposed to long, dry spells of weather, and even asphalt or tiled roofs might see dried out, brittle or cracked tar paper underneath the tiles or shingles.

Tree Branches

Tree branches or limbs can, of course, fall onto your roof during heavy summer storms and cause shingle loss, holes, structural damage, and more. They also give potentially troublesome wildlife easier access to your roof’s surface, as well as increase the likelihood of your gutters becoming clogged with leaves, leading to water damage on your roof. Even branches that regularly come into contact with your roof—during high winds, for example—can scrape away at your roof’s surface and cause shingle damage.

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