We’ve made it through the winter and into the warmer months of spring and summer. Even though ice and snow on your roof aren’t a risk this time of year, that doesn’t mean nothing can go wrong in the summer. Roofing contractors still have plenty of work to do after the damage from winter storms has been repaired. Storms in the summer can be pretty intense, with heavy rain and high winds.
Even in New England, summers can get pretty hot. extreme temperatures can damage asphalt shingles, causing them to crack or warp. UV rays from the sun cause shingles to break down over time. There isn’t much you can do to stop UV rays from hitting your shingles, but it is important to keep an eye on your roof in the summer to watch for signs of damage.
Heat can also cause problems with your roof if it isn’t properly ventilated. Poor ventilation can cause your roof to overheat. Overheating will damage your shingles as well as your roof’s underlayment. To prevent this kind of damage, you should have a roofing contractor check that your roof has adequate ventilation.
We can experience some pretty heavy rain in the summer, especially early on. Water damage can show itself in the form of leaks, stains, or even mold growth. Stagnant water on your roof is also a problem. Puddles that don’t evaporate can form leaks or cause the area to decay. These puddles are also the ideal conditions for moss and algae growth. Moss and algae can damage your shingles, so if you notice it growing you should remove it as soon as possible.
Fall isn’t the only time leaves, branches, and other debris can accumulate on your roof. After a storm with heavy rain and high winds, debris can easily end up on your roof. Leaves and other debris can clog your gutters, causing water to back up and damage your roof.