With spring storms and a hotter than average summer forecast for Georgia, it's important to make sure your roof is ready for summer weather and its challenges. While winter weather can cause more overt damage, summer problems may be a little harder to notice at first glance. Here's a list of potential roof problems to watch out for this summer.
Spring/Summer Storms Lead to Leaks
Thunder and rainstorms in spring and summer may not batter your roof with hail, but these elements can still do a number on your shingles or roof tiles. The new growth on nearby trees or shrubs can turn into dangerous debris when combined with high winds. What's more, the extra moisture from heavy rainfall can put more pressure on your roof sealants and protective membranes. Summer is a good time for your rooftop to be in top shape.
Humidity Can Result in Long-Term Damage
With hot weather comes summer humidity. While winter is more likely to cause problems with attic condensation, summer creates a lot of moisture on the outside of your roof, even when it isn't raining. This means that soaked components will stay wet much longer and may foster mildew, moss and mold more easily, eventually leading to serious rot issues. Pooling or standing water on flat rooftops will also linger longer in high humidity, doing cumulative damage over time.
Heat Creates Cracks and Warping Problems
Particularly in the early and late summer weather, the nights tend to eventually cool off while the day heats up again. If the change is drastic enough, it can cause roofing materials, especially metal, to contract and expand in noticeable ways. This is also tough on roof cement, caulk, and other sealants used on your rooftop. Over time, cracking and warping can occur, allowing moisture into the roof where it can cause further damage. If fluctuating temperatures in summer are particularly erratic, keep in mind that your roof may be more vulnerable.
Summer Can Encourage Roof Pests
In winter, pests tend to look for places to hibernate. In summer, they are more active. Watch out for annoying pests that want to explore your roof to find a cool summer home or extra food. Specifically, look for hornets or wasps building new hives, squirrels exploring new feeding grounds, and birds nesting or looking for mates. These pests can damage your roof as well as make a mess, so it's a good idea to deal with them sooner rather than later.
Hot Weather Can Age Your Roof
Summer weather will take its toll on your roof, especially over time. Look for signs of sun damage like bleached or curled shingles, the loss of granules, and dry, cracked sealants or membranes. If your roof is showing signs like these, it's time to contact Findlay Roofing and talk about which steps you can take to keep your roof strong before colder weather strikes again.