While summer is commonly associated with sunshine, beaches and barbecues, it can be a problematic season for homeowners, because it comes with its own unique set of roofing maintenance issues. In some cases, you can solve these problems on your own, but for others, you will need professional help.
Here are the five common summer roofing issues you may experience, and four ways to help solve them:
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5 Common Summer Roofing Problems
1. Algae and Moss Growth
Summer is the season of algae and moss infestation. The warmth from intense sunshine, moisture from increased humidity, and nutrients from fillers between shingles create the ideal environment for algae and moss to bloom. Look out for growths of moss, as well as black streaks spreading over large sections, if not the whole, of your roof. (This is usually Gloeocapsa magma, or black algae —a common culprit for many infestations.)Although you can rent a pressure washer and attempt to eliminate it yourself, it’s best to contact a roofing professional and have them take care of moss and algae growth before it gets out of control. It may seem like it’s just an eyesore, but unresolved infestations can cause moisture damage and rot the wood underneath, ultimately damaging the structural integrity of the roof.
2. Harsh Sunlight
Prolonged exposure to harsh ultraviolet light from the summer sun takes a toll on your roof. Shingles will become dry and cracked over time, eventually falling off entirely and leaving areas of the roof unprotected. Old roofs are even more susceptible to the effects of UV rays. Unfortunately, sun exposure is unavoidable, so if you find cracked and missing shingles, it may be time to have your roof replaced.
3. Unpredictable Weather
At the beginning of summer, high wind speeds and harsh rainstorms are common. Wind can remove shingles, and even if the damage is minor, unprotected areas of roofing put your home at risk when it rains. Gaps in roof tiling can allow rainwater to seep through your home’s ceiling, and cause a host of costly internal problems.
If you experience extreme weather, be sure to check the condition of your roof once it is safe to do so: inspect the ground for broken pieces of shingles, and call a roofing contractor for a full inspection if you find any.
4. Improperly Installed Ventilation System
Heating, ventilation air conditioning systems produce condensation that must be emitted somewhere, and when installed incorrectly, it can end up being dumped onto or underneath the roof. Additionally, hot air from these systems may become trapped in attic spaces, resulting in additional excessive moisture. This buildup of moisture can dramatically reduce the lifespan of your roof. During the summer especially, inspect your attic to ensure that hot air and condensation are not being trapped inside it, and contact a professional to fix your ventilation system if necessary.
5. Low Hanging Tree Branches
Low hanging branches can dislodge the tiles from your roof. They can gradually chip away the outside layer of the roof until the inner layer becomes exposed. If you experience a summer storm, the limbs can break and fall on your roof, causing more severe damage. You need to use a saw and ladder to cut and trim any branches near your roof. If it is too late, hire a roofing contractor to fix the damage.
4 Summer Roof Maintenance Tips
1. Clean Your Gutters
Check your gutters regularly, and clean and repair them if necessary. Damage may be leftover from the winter or caused during an intense spring storm. Blockages or other damages can stop the water from running off your roof, so it’s imperative to inspect them from time to time. Check for loose bolts and tighten them to prevent water leaks and possible flooding.
2. Trim Branches
Tree damage is one of the most common problems you will face during the summer, which is why it is best to cut them preemptively before they can cause any harm. If a branch is too close to your home, cut it.
3. Inspect for Damaged Shingles
Damaged, missing, and cracked shingles can increase the risk of mold and mildew growth and internal water damage. If you find any fungus or moss growth, remove it as soon as possible, because it can lead to structural damage and rodent infestation if left unattended to.
4. Maintain Skylight
If you have a skylight in your home, inspect the metal stripping and ensure there are no leaks. Check for cracks in the glass as well.
Many of these common roofing problems can be avoided by taking the recommended preventative measures before the start of the summer season, including annual roof inspection, but know that you can always call your roofing contractor in the case that you do run into any!
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