How Summer Affects Your Roof

When you think about roof damage, you mostly think about a storm causing damage. You don’t really think about what could happen during the summer, but warm weather poses a number of risks to your roof! Below are some of the ways summer can negatively affect your roof. 

Summer Humidity

With summer heat comes rising humidity levels. Humidity is an uncomfortable reality during the summer. During this time, moisture and condensation can settle in between the shingles and underlayment, resulting in water leaks. The moisture can also give room for mold to grow and endanger your family’s health. 

Wear and Tear

Exposure to direct sunlight can damage your roof, and this direct sunlight drastically increases during the summer months. Once the heat is too much for your roof, you will see the shingles start to curl up and dry making them brittle and prone to cracking. 

Most shingle roofing systems are built to last and have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, but even those have their limit. If your roof is nearing the end of its life and has significant damage, it might be time to consider having it replaced soon.

Thermal Shock

During the summer months, your roof will reach extremely high temperatures during the day and then cools off quickly once the sun sets. This can cause your roofing system to expand and contract and is one of the biggest ways summer affects your roof. 

The constant variation in temperature can cause tension on the roofing material and lead to thermal shock. This can weaken the structural integrity of your roof and age the shingles.

Summer heat is not something you can avoid or protect your roof from. Most of these roofing problems will happen over time, but if your roof is old and already damaged, then you need to keep an eye out for these issues and address them promptly. 

Even though you can’t stop the sun from directly shining on your roof, you can have a FREE roof inspection done by WeatherShield Roofing and Sheetmetal! Give us a call at (817) 441-1446 to schedule your roof inspection.