Summer is approaching fast and with it comes new risks for your roof.
All that sunshine and heat is definitely better than ice and snow, but you shouldn’t let your guard down. There are plenty of summer-specific roof problems you need to watch out for.
We’ve created a list of five common summer roof problems to help you avoid costly roof repairs or replacements.
1. Leaky Roof Problems
Summer winds bring summer rains. One of the most common roof problems encountered during the summer is leaks.
All roofs will eventually leak if not properly maintained. It’s important you regularly check for roof damage and leaks. If not taken care of they can go from a small leak to an expensive problem.
2. Moss and Algae
If you live in a moist climate moss, lichen, and algae growth is something to fear. The worst is moss growth.
Moss spreads through airborne spores. These can collect on your roof in dry weather then begin growing in the space between your shingles with rain.
What makes moss so damaging is the spread and accumulation of water. Moss grows in a mat.
Every time it rains water is pulled from the surface layer to the parts clinging beneath your shingles. Over time this can cause leaks and even weaken the supporting structure of your roof.
3. Poor Ventilation
With summer heat comes summer humidity. You should always have your roof and attic inspected together.
If your attic isn’t ventilating properly all that summer heat will create a moisture problem. The hot, wet air trapped in your attic can lead to serious damage such as rot in the support beams.
If left unchecked over several years you can be looking at a seriously expensive repair.
4. Insects and Rodents
Summer is when all the various buzzing, biting, and burrowing insects and rodents come out in force. If you haven’t had your roof and gutters inspected properly they can take up residence in your home.
Common roof pests include:
Prevention is always your best bet. Removing a rodent infestation yourself is difficult and aggravating. Get your roof ready for summer every year with a thorough inspection by a professional.
5. Summer Storm Damage
Some of the worst roof damage comes from storm and hurricane damage. Most hurricanes come during the summer or early fall, making this a crucial time for your roof.
If you suffer a major storm event repair or replacement are your only options. What you really need to look out for is cumulative damage from minor to moderate storms.
Each storm by itself might not be anything to worry about. Taken together though, they add up to significant damage to your roof. Make sure you take the proper steps if you notice storm damage to your roof.
Repairing minor roof problems is always less costly than the alternative. You don’t want a small leak or a few damaged shingles to turn into something a lot more expensive.
If you’ve noticed damage to your roof or would like to have it professionally inspected, contact us today for a free quote.