As great as summers can be, they also come with their own set of challenges for property owners. While sunny, warm days allow you to spend time outdoors with family and friends, the extreme weather conditions, like heat, humidity, and thunderstorms, can wreck havoc on your roof.
In fact, the blazing sun can damage your roof in more ways than you can imagine. And since preventative maintenance is usually much cheaper than expensive roof repairs, maintaining your roof in its best condition should be your priority in summers. Not only can it save you a lot of money and trouble, but it can also extend your roof’s life for years to come.
Yet roof maintenance is something that is often ignored during the hotter months. Especially, if rain or snow is not pounding on your roof, many of us put roof maintenance on the back burner. And as you don’t see your roof as often as your kitchen, it is easy to forget about summer roof maintenance altogether.
Therefore, we have put together a checklist for summer roof maintenance to help you keep your roof in top shape all year round. Read on to find out!
Repair Shingles and Flashing
During the hotter months of the year, roofing materials tend to expand with rising temperatures and summer heat. This expansion often leads to shingle displacement, cracking, and brittleness, especially in roofs that are well over 10 to 15 years old. So, before summers kick in, make sure to look for broken shingles or any gaps between shingles. Also, take some time to inspect the flashing around your chimney or vents. If the caulk around these areas has failed, it is likely that your shingles will give way too.
Inspect Gutters and Drains
Your gutters and drains divert the water flow away from your roof and home. But if this pathway is blocked due to any reason, it can lead to moisture buildup, water backup, and other serious roofing problems. Therefore, it is important to keep your gutters and drains clean and flowing all year round.
A lot of people feel that they need to clean them out during the fall season due to the leaf debris but things can get stuck in your gutters regardless of the time of the year. This blockage in your drains can then cause water puddling on your roof, which often causes more damage to the decking as well as your attic.
Once you have cleared the gutter blockage, also make sure that your gutters haven’t loosened during the colder months. This is important because a loose gutter with heavy debris is only an even bigger problem down the road.
Trim Trees Before Summer Storms
It is not just about winters, storms can cause roof storm damage. In fact, even summer storms can be as damaging for your roofing system as it gets. So, trimming the surrounding trees should also be an important part of your summer roof maintenance.
Large trees and overhanging branches can destroy a perfectly functional roofing system. If you have trees or heavy branches hanging over your roof, you should trim or remove them before summer storms. This part of roof maintenance is especially important before summers as during the winter, it is likely that the weight of snow might have weakened the trees surrounding your roof. So when summers come around, these compromised trees can always be a risk during big storms.
Check for Mold, Moss, and Algae
Summer heat usually brings with it rains and excessive humidity. And these two conditions are ideal for algae growth. Gradually, algae can cause rot, damaging your shingles and ultimately leading to roof decay. But it is not only the roof where you should look for algae growth, it can also be found in gutters due to the water buildup. So, in summers, algae growth can especially damage your roof and gutters if it is left untreated.
Similarly, moss also causes roof damage by making the shingles to curl and crack. Heavy moss coverage on your shingles can block water, retain moisture under the shingles, and over time damage the structural integrity. So, if you notice moss, mold or algae on your roof, it is best to remove it yourself or get a professional roof inspection and repair to get rid of it.
Analyze Roof Insulation and Attic Ventilation
When it comes to insulation, most property owners associate it with staying warm in the winter. But insulation can do much more than keeping you warm in winters. In fact, insulation is just as critical to keeping your home cool during the summer as it is for keeping your house warm in winters.
So before you head into summers, make sure that your home has the right amount of insulation and that humidity or roof leaks have not caused any damage to it. Also make sure your attic ventilation adequately regulates temperature and prevents moisture retention. A professional roof inspection in this regard can help you calculate the right ventilation for your roofing system.
Every summer increases the damage to your roof, drawing you closer to a complete failure of your roofing system. But a bigger problem is that many property owners do not realize the extent of how heat and humidity can be damaging for structural integrity.
Since summer roof maintenance is critical to your roofing system’s life, it is important to take some time out for roof inspection and roof repairs. Adequate maintenance before hotter months can ensure that your roof can withstand storms and harsh weather conditions in the coming months.
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That said if you find any serious problem during your roof maintenance, it is best to schedule a professional roof inspection. A reliable roofer can help you avoid expensive repairs and even a roof replacement in the future.