Summer is the season for fun in the sun — but there are some negatives to this magnificent season. One huge drawback is how the weather can hurt your home, especially the roof. Because there is more moisture and humidity in the air, a common issue we see is mold occurrences and loose shingles due to strong winds. The increased severity of climate influences can truly affect the roof both structurally and on the surface.
The summer heat can become unbearable during heatwaves, not only for you but also for your roof. Asphalt shingles (while durable) can begin to deteriorate month after month under the hot summer sun. After years of sun abuse, these shingles can degrade to the point of not being effective in protecting your home. Inspections throughout the year should be done in order to stay updated on the condition of your roof.
Lack of Ventilation
Have you ever stepped foot in your attic space during the summertime? Talk about a sauna! Not only can the direct sunlight harm your roof’s shingles, but the heat can also hurt your roof from the underneath via the attic. In order to combat attic heat, install an appropriate amount of roof ventilation. This will allow indoor heat to escape while pulling in “cooler” air from the outside.
Summer rainstorms can be quite violent at times — especially when hurricane season arrives. High levels of rain can expose weak points in your roof that can lead to roof leaks (which lead to further repair bills). Along with heavy rainfall, hurricane season will bring about high-speed winds that can rip shingles clear off the roof (the same goes for siding). That’s why it’s important to have your roof inspected and repaired before the next named hurricane makes its way up the coast!
Metal flashing is sometimes used to divert water in other directions, and to prevent leaks. If you see a leak in your roof, it is better to go ahead and get it taken care of before it gets any worse. Eventually, the wet areas can spread, and in wood frame houses this can cause the roof to collapse. Preferred Exterior has been in the roofing industry for years and can help solve your roof problems.
Summer Home & Roof Maintenance Tasks
- Clean Sides
A dirty house with green stains from the lawnmower isn’t the most attractive look. Set aside some time to give the exterior a good cleaning. If you opted for vinyl siding then your cleaning job will be beyond simple. Grab a bucket filled with soapy water and a long brush, and scrub it top to bottom. Afterward, rinse it off with the hose, or use a pressure washer for a deeper cleaning. One or two good washes a year is all your siding needs to look brand new all over again.
- Empty Gutters
Above the siding lies your gutter system and this should be inspected, cleaned and repaired. Remove any leaves, sticks, nests, and debris from the gutters and then proceed to run the hose throughout the system. The gutter system is the perfect place for wet mulch to sit, mosquitoes to fly around due to sitting water, and where roof leaks can start. If any of the gutters or downspouts are rusted and worn, look to replace them with a seamless aluminum or plastic upgrade.
- Smooth Roof
Roof inspections should be done not only annually, but after harsh storms as well. Look for missing or damaged shingles and replace them immediately. A roof with weak spots is oftentimes the place where roof leaks and water damage will form. Missing roof shingles will make your home look bad from the outside as well as the inside where water damage and stains will appear. If your roof has any mold, mildew, or stains, give it a good wash as well.
Problems can arise anytime throughout the year, but when it comes to your roof, the summer has its own set you need to be aware of. For the homeowners looking for roof repair or replacement, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.