How Summer Affects Your Roof

Hot roof in summerThere is nothing quite like the start of summer, the sunshine and warmth can lift your spirits, make you smile, and destroy your roof. Regardless of the temptation to put off roof care and maintenance for some time in the future, you should take advantage of pleasant weather and look after your roof now. A quick roof inspection will uncover any hidden problems and is the best way to find small issues before they become significant predicaments. At the very least, you may learn that your roof is just fine, and you will gain peace of mind.

Ultraviolet Rays Can Destroy Your Roof

When the hot Aussie summer sun is blazing, your roof gets a direct shot of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. The ultraviolet rays (UV) will, over time, degrade anything that receives a consistent exposure to the UV radiation. It is true that your roof will not deteriorate overnight. However, no matter what its material, your roof will ultimately feel the effects of the sun. The top layer of your roof will become brittle and crack easily. The roof’s lower layers will sustain damage as well if the top layer continues to decompose, unchecked. If the damage gets as far as the wooden support beams, you will incur significant and costly repairs.

Thermal shock is another way roofs sustain damage. Thermal shock happens when local temperatures fluctuate a great deal in a relatively short amount of time. Although various roofing materials react to thermal shock in different ways, this puts significant strain on your roof. Rapid heating and cooling of your roof will expand and constrict your roof; this leads to cracking and crumbling.

Wild summer storms also can bring a great deal of damage to your roof. Torrential downpours and high winds create havoc for some roofs. This kind of damage is sometimes unavoidable. However, a roof that is strong and well-maintained is less likely to take major destruction during an average thunderstorm.

Maintaining your roof is crucial if you want to avoid costly repairs and potential damage to your home’s contents as well. We offer free roof inspections with no obligation and no pressure to purchase. If you spend a few minutes overseeing your roof, you will save time, frustration, and money. Do not wait for a small problem to escalate and cause you untold numbers of headaches; call us today.