Now that summer is here, most of that sunlight and heat hits directly on your roof. And with that comes many hot roof problems you’ll have to face. Here are a few examples:
Heat and UV Exposure Can Shorten Your Roof’s Lifespan
Your roof is constantly bombarded by the sun’s UV rays, even if it’s cloudy outside. This exposure intensifies during the long summer days and can shorten your roof’s lifespan.
An unshaded roof can reach temperatures up to 150° F, even though it’s only 90° outside. This is especially true if you have a darker roofing material because it absorbs heat more. And if you have an attic that is not well-ventilated, the heat will build up inside your home and damage your roof faster.
In relation to that, intense heat quickly dries out the oils in your roofing material and makes it brittle. With enough time, it can make your roof shingle buckle and split.
High Heat Leads to Eventual Water Damage
Humidity is the amount of water vapor and moisture in the air. The more water evaporates in an area, the more it rises into the air and increases the humidity. This can have a negative effect on your roof because moisture can easily settle in between your roof shingles. This can cause water leaks and roof damage later on.
Roofing Materials Will Experience Thermal Shock
During summer, temperatures can fluctuate. It can reach high during the day and then drastically cool down when the sun sets. Rapid changes in temperature can cause your roof to expand and contract. This phenomenon is known as thermal shock. It creates tension and can crack your roofing materials, making your roof prone to more damage.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Roof
While there are a few things you can do to counter these hot roof problems, reaching out to a reliable roofer for solutions is the best you can do to keep your roofing cool. Don’t forget to conduct some roof maintenance from time to time to ensure that your roof is in good condition to protect you and your family. If you’re looking for a reliable roofing company, look no further than Plumlee Construction. Give us a call and schedule an appointment.