Summertime is a widely anticipated season for New Englanders, as the normally cold, harsh weather gives way to warm temperatures and clear sunny skies. It is a chance for fun, outdoor activities like trips to the beach and outdoor BBQs. However, before you break out the suntan lotion, it is important to note that summertime is also a season for increased roofing damage, as various elements, like humidity and temperature, change to become harsher on materials. To prepare you for this, here are 3 common problems that roofs see over the summer.
Ventilation is something that is absolutely essential, particularly in warm weather. Improper ventilation can lead to a buildup in moisture and humidity, both of which can heavily contribute the weakening and damage of your roof’s structural integrity and insulative material. In addition to this, dry rot and mold will become a much greater issue during the hot summer months, posing a serious health hazard for your home. Therefore, it is best to have your ventilation looked over during the summer to ensure that it is a problem that is met.
Moss is something that can be an eyesore to some and a charming vegetative addition to others. Either way, it is bad for your roof. While a little moss isn’t something to be concerned over, excessive moss or algae growth can result in serious consequences. The more moss or algae grows, the more moisture it traps underneath, pushing water underneath your roof shingles and causing damage to the wood and materials it is growing on such as cracks, rot & mold. It can also lead to permanent staining of your roof shingles, If you have a particularly large amount of moss on your roof, it is best to have a contractor remove it as quickly as possible before it latches on too strongly.
When strong sunlight and high temperatures combine, they can cause damage to certain materials. If your shingles are asphalt then they may dry out and become cracked or damage. In some extreme cases, they can even start to peel up or fall off, completely exposing your roof to any and every elemental danger. This can result in costly damages that can take a lot of time to fix. Therefore, it is important to have your roof checked regularly to ensure that the condition of your roof doesn’t reach this point. A well-maintained roof has a far lower chance of suffering this problem than one that has been neglected.
Overall, it is important to make sure that your home’s roof is ready to handle the weather shift to summer, and all the new struggles that come with it. Derek Cook is right alongside you ready to help, tasking only the most experienced and skilled contractors to work on your home, as well as teaming up with the best shingle manufacturers like GAF roofing, who’s shingles are among the best in the industry, and capable of dealing with all the mentioned challenges above. If you feel like you could benefit from our roofing services, contact us at (603) 365-7156, or fill out an online inquiry form. We look forward to working with you!