Summer is over and with it heat has diminished and there's a small period of time before your roof is barraged by extreme cold, frost, rain and snow. Now is the perfect time to inspect your roof and see if it's in good shape for the winter. Here are some tips on how summertime weather can damage your roof, and how to go about fixing it.
Summer Roof Damage
Depending on where you live, your roof may be exposed to extreme heat, rain, wind and UV rays during the summer. Here's a brief look at what each of these can do to your roof:
- Heat - Your roof is your first defense to summertime heat, which causes its shingles to slightly expand and contract daily as the heat comes and goes. Over time, this wears them down and makes them brittle.
- Rain & Wind - Summer rains and hot summer winds may knock damaged roof shingles off your roof.
- UV Rays - UV radiation can do a lot of damage to any substance if given enough time. UV rays cause damage to asphalt roofs through a process called actinic deterioration, drying out and breaking down your roof shingles.
Damages like these don't just raise the potential risk of leaks during the winter, but can also increase your overall heating and cooling bill, increase the humidity in your attic, and cause mold to start growing.
Before you try climbing up to the roof to see how it looks, check the inside of your home for damage. There may be overlooked signs that damage has already occurred.
The best way to check from the inside if your roof is letting moisture through is to examine your ceiling. Do you see any signs of mildew or mold? If so, there may be shingles missing on the roof in that area.
If you're physically able to check your roof safely, grab a ladder and look for the following problems:
- Missing Shingles - These should be replaced immediately to prevent further damage to your roof.
- Cracked Or Buckled Shingles - These shingles also need to be removed and replaced. The damage may indicate that they're on their last legs from heat and UV damage and will fall off soon.
- Remnants In The Gutters - It's a good time of year to clean your rain gutters anyway, so inspect them for pieces of shingles while you're at it. If you find small broken off parts, your shingles may all be in need of replacement.
Once your inspections are complete, call a roof repair service. It's best to let a professional handle something as important as your roof. Inadequate repair jobs or not recognizing a more serious problem with your roof could mean you don't find out about it until the winter, leaving your home susceptible to cold, rain and snow, and hiring a roofer will be more expensive.
Roof inspections and repairs should be on your yearly list of home maintenance to protect your home from weather damage. By inspecting your roof yearly, you can help prevent severe problems from ever happening.