Typical Roofing Problems You'll Face During Summer

May 15, 2024

The sun's out, and everyone's out. While it's certainly a fun time to go out and take a quick bite of the heat in the beach or the streets, summer can be a challenging time for roofs with poor maintenance or aging quality. UV rays, heat expansion, and poor ventilation are just the cherry on top. Let's learn about the typical problems your roofing system will face during summer.

UV Damage

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are dangerous to both your health and the lifespan and performance of your roof. The intense UV levels from the summer sun can cause roofing materials to fade, warp, and crack. The best way to mitigate UV levels is to ask a roofer to add heat-reducing reflective coatings suitable for any kind of roofing material. If you're due a roof replacement, asphalt shingles with light colors also do the trick (and fade slower than their darker counterparts).

Heat Expansion

Heat is the number one cause of expansion for asphalt shingles. As the shingles expand and contract with changes in temperature, it may cause the joints adhering them to stretch and thin out faster. The continuous stress on asphalt shingles can lead to asphalt shingle splitting. Have your roofer check your shingles and remove and replace any shingles with cracks or splits.

Poor Ventilation

Every home needs an excellent attic for storing older belongings and to ensure the bottom and top layers of your roof have proper ventilation. Excellent ventilation lets heat generated from inside the house and outside to flow along with the wind passing through the soffit and fascia. Without it, air will remain and push against your roof deck, raise its temperature, and cause cracking and blistering, especially in humid areas.

Related: The Importance of Attic Ventilation

Roof Leaks

Summer is associated with the warmth of the sun, but summer storms can still bring heavy rain, wind, and hail. An unprepared roof can suffer massive leaks from cracked or split shingles and various other damage to the roof. It's important to inspect your roof regularly and address any damage promptly to prevent leaks from causing further damage to your home.

A reliable local roofer can help you mitigate the possible damage summer can bring to your home. With the help of the pros at Paramount Roofing and Consulting. We're also hail damage specialists, so you can count on us if you need help with your insurance. Call us today or visit our social media page to get started.