Summer, summer, summertime… time to sit back and unwind. But before you do, make sure you’ve taken the time to prep your home for the random summer storms that come your way. The roof over your home is the most important surface as it protects your family all while taking a beating from the sun’s rays, heavy rains and strong winds! Though it’s built to resist the punishing weather extremes, over time, your roof will begin to show roofing damage, leaving your home vulnerable to the outdoor extremities.
3 Roofing Issues To Check Every Summer
In cases of severe weather, roof damage is pretty obvious. But when the weather is moderate, roof damage can be faint or subtle to see until it develops into a bigger problem! Let’s take a look at ## issues that you should be on the lookout for this summer.
- Mold & Fungus Growth
Damp, cool weather conditions are prime breeding grounds for various molds, algae and fungus. Though it can be easy to overlook these issues when they first appear, left unchecked they can cause a range of problems from health risks to those living inside the house, to the weakening of the structural integrity of your home. Moss retains moisture that can cause leaks, deterioration, and cracks. And because mold will damage and speed up the wear of your shingles, chances are you will end up having to replace your roof sooner than later. Yikes!
If you see fuzzy brown or green fungal growth, or a slick film on the edge of your roof tiles, there’s a high probability that mold has started to take over your roof. This is cause for a code red on your part as your immediate attention will help to minimize the damages. Contact a professional roofing contractor immediately to help you address these issues.
Shingle manufacturers strongly recommend that the best way to maintain a fungus and mold free roof is to properly maintain and clean it. A pressure washer should never be used as it can strip your shingles of all the granules and VOID any remaining warranty you have left on your roof. Double Yikes!
- Shrinking, Blistering, & Curling Shingles
Its summer. It gets hot. Really hot. And here in the star city of Nebraska, Lincoln has definitely seen its share of temperature highs this summer. The problem is that this intense sunlight exposure can cause blistering, curling or shrinking of the shingles on your roof. All 3 of these are warning signs of a deteriorating roof. Let’s take a closer look at what these are:
- Shrinking: The change in the elements between hot and cold leads runs your shingles through cycles of contraction and expansion. During the summer, temperatures rise and drop dramatically all within a 24 hour period. This sequence creates a process called thermal cycling which results in eventual cracking of your shingles.
- Blistering: When moisture builds up inside the shingle, your roof begins to display signs of bubbles or blisters on the shingle surface. Although this is a natural aging process for roofs, it can also be a sign that an attic isn’t properly ventilated or leaf and debris build up on your roof.
- Curling: When shingles curl, they are no longer able to keep water from seeping through your roof. They leave the structure underneath exposed to the elements, leaving your structure vulnerable to water damage. This can cause potential structural damage to your home. Curled shingles are typically easy to spot since they disrupt the uniform look of the roof.
If you notice shrinking, blistering or curling shingles, contact an expert contractor to inspect your roof and recommend an appropriate course of action.
Even if your roof looks 100% after a rainstorm, there could still be underlying damage that can go unnoticed. Following a storm, walk around your house and inspect for water stains in your ceiling using a flashlight if possible. Water stains could indicate the start of a leaking problem.
If when it starts to rain, you notice that there are already areas in your home that start to leak, call a professional immediately. They will find the source of the problem and fix it. Never let leaks go without repair for too long because they will almost always cause additional damage to other parts of your home including the growth of mold and mildew.
Although all property owners should regularly inspect and maintain their roofs, roof inspection and maintenance should be performed by qualified professionals who utilize safe roofing practices. Roof maintenance should be left to a professional. The US Dept of Labor estimates that close to 100 roofing related deaths are related to falls. As always there is a risk in climbing onto a ladder
HIRE A PROFESSIONAL ROOFING COMPANY NEAR YOU
Hiring a professional roofing company will add an extra peace of mind since you will know that your roof will be cleaned, maintained, repaired or replaced according to the roofing manufacturers recommendations. Keeping your roof intact, and extending the life of your roof, all while ensuring that your warranty remains in full effect.
Our team of roofing professionals are ready to solve any of your roofing repairs, roof replacements and roof maintenance issues. CALL Arroyo Roofing Today at 402-480-8154 to start your FREE roof inspection or fill out our online contact form and we will contact you asap.