With summer almost here, you are probably ready to trade your thick hoodie for a light t-shirt and your Timberlands for some sandals, and we can’t blame you for it. However, there are a few things that you need to prepare for before you start planning your beach trips, as it is important to remember that with this change in weather comes new environmental challenges for your home to face. Here are four common roofing problems you may have for the summer.
Algae and moss growth rapidly increases during the summer, and can cover your whole roof, if not a large portion of it, over time. However, the problem with this is that it keeps moisture trapped under the moss, pushing water underneath the roof shingles and causing moisture damage underneath. If not dealt with swiftly enough, it can become more attached and may require a professional pressure wash in order to remove it, which is why it is important to tend to it as soon as you receive it.
The Sun’s UV Rays
That balmy heat from the sun that you enjoy is more destructive than you think, for when strong enough, it can actually dry out and crack roof shingles over the course of a roof’s lifespan. These shingles eventually become brittle, eventually falling off, leaving some sections of a roof’s delicate interior completely exposed, easily becoming subject to rain, debris, insects and more. While it is often associated with the natural aging of a roof, it is also a surefire sign that your roof needs to be replaced immediately. Have regular inspections done with your roof to ensure it doesn’t reach this point.
Higher temperatures during warm climates lead to a greater chance for sudden stormy conditions involving high wind speeds and rain. For older roofs in poorer condition, wind can lift shingles, and turn what was previously minor damage into a far bigger problem if rain manages to get in. Beyond regular inspections, you will want to take a quick look at your roof after any major storm, and if you notice any cracked or missing shingles, it is probably time to get a roof inspection.
Ventilation is something that is important year-round for regulating your home’s indoor climate, but it becomes even more crucial during more warmer temperatures. Improper ventilation can lead to moisture and humidity buildup in your attic or top of your roof, both of which can heavily contribute to the weakening and damage of your roof’s structural integrity and insulative material. This is due to warm, humid air being the perfect conditions for dry rot and mold to occur, posing a serious health hazard for your home. Therefore, it is best to have a professional look over your ventilation system at some point during the summer to ensure that it is functioning properly.
Interested in having us come over and prepare your home for the summer? Our contractors over at Salemi Exteriors are well-versed with any problems your exterior may encounter. Contact us at 978-804-5972, or submit an online inquiry form.