Maintaining your roof means knowing the possible threats it faces and taking steps to avoid or minimize the damage they cause. By ensuring precautions are in place, you can lower the cost of maintaining or repairing your roof, while also extending its lifetime to get the most from your investment in terms of performance, longevity, and curb appeal. Keep reading to learn more about a few of the summer-specific threats your roof faces every year, as well as how to minimize their impact on your home.
Summer days often bring more direct sunshine and longer daylight hours. Sunshine is hard on your roof in many ways, heating up the materials that comprise your roof and causing them to dry out, warp, peel, or crack. Although there is no way to stop the sun from shining on your roof, you can take steps to protect your roof from the damage it causes. Talk to your roofer about applying a reflective roof coating, which will minimize the amount of UV radiation from the sunlight that your roof absorbs. By causing your roof to reflect most of the incident sunlight, you’ll reduce solar heating and its side effects to prolong the lifetime of your roofing materials. Alternatively, painting your roof a lighter color can also increase its reflectance, thus also lowering the amount of damage caused by the sun.
Summertime storms often bring heavy rains, high winds, and damaging hail. Preparing your roof to weather these storms isn’t difficult and will make a big difference any time bad weather hits. First, keep any overhanging branches trimmed back from your home to prevent them from falling on and damaging your roof during a storm. Second, clean your gutters regularly to prevent debris from accumulating and blocking the flow of water, which can cause significant damage to your roof and your home during heavy rainfall. Address any damage you do see on your roof promptly, such as missing shingles or loose flashing, to prevent leaks and water damage from affecting your roof and your attic. After a storm has passed, make a quick visual inspection of your roof to determine whether it has sustained any storm damage—contact your insurance company and your roofer immediately if you notice any issues.
The warm summer season is also the time when many common pests are most active, including insects, rodents, and birds. These pests can damage your roof as they look for ways to enter your home or create nests and colonies, so it’s especially important to schedule a roofing inspection if you have recently dealt with a pest infestation. The sooner you identify pest-related damage, such as torn up or missing shingles, damaged flashing, or holes in your roof’s underlayment, the sooner you can have them addressed to prevent other types of damage, such as leaks, from affecting your home. Eliminating the access points through which pests entered your home in the first place will also ensure you don’t suffer a second infestation after you have spent the time and money to remove the initial pests from your home.
Your Columbia roofer can help you protect your roof from summertime threats to maximize its appearance and performance. We invite you to take a look through our comprehensive website to learn about our products, services, and solutions, or read through our blog for more tips on preventing and recognizing roof damage before it can affect your home or business.