Summer is here and the hottest months are coming. With it comes hail damage, high winds, heavy rain, and a scorching sun that can potentially damage your roof. As the heat continues to rise, there are a few things you can do to prepare your home for the rest of this season. Make sure you stay on top of your roof maintenance with these top 7 summer roof maintenance tips.
Check for mold, moss, and algae. Unfortunately, summer can bring rain and humidity – two conditions that encourage algae growth. Over time, algae can eat away your shingles and lead to roof decay. Algae can be found not only on roofs but also gutters due to the water buildup. Algae is especially evident during the summer months and can damage your roof and gutters if not appropriately addressed.
Over time, moss left on roofs can cause shingles to curl and crack. Heavy moss can block water, create buildup under the shingles, and eventually damage the roof deck. If you see moss or algae on your roof, remove it ASAP to prevent these problems. Mold damage can happen fast, so it’s essential to check your roof often.
Check your attic. Did you know your attic can heat up to 150 degrees during the summer? Your roof absorbs a lot of heat from the sun’s rays during the day, and it radiates into your attic air. A poorly ventilated attic with heat buildup can shorten the lifespan of your roof. The heat can cause your shingles to crack and curl, resulting in roof leaks. This is why attic insulation is critical in keeping the heat and moisture out during the summer.
It’s also important to look for any signs of moisture and mold in the rafters and attic during your summer roof maintenance since it can point to water leakage from your roof.
Here are some signs of roof mold damage you can see from your attic:
If you discover watermarks along the ceiling or walls of your attic, your roof may have a hole.
If your attic smells musty and you spot mildew across your ceiling, you have a roof leak.
Discolored rafters mean the wood has absorbed the water from a leak above on your roof.
Replace missing shingles. Replacing shingles may seem like a simple job but placing new shingles over old ones or using the wrong nails can lead to further damage. The wrong shingle could fade, crack, or even grow algae! For example, while inspecting a roof, walking on damaged shingles could cause more damage and lead to roof leaks in the future. Even small patchwork repairs may impact the overall health and safety of your roof. It’s because of these problems that many homeowners hire professionals to inspect and replace missing shingles.
Where Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows Come in
Summer hazards on your roof are in most cases unavoidable. When this happens, you will need to work with an expert to repair the damaged roof or replace it with a new one. Heartland Roofing, Siding, and Windows, LLC comprise a team of experts in taking care of your home. Our professionals will help repair your roof as needed and help you overcome the damages that come with summer.
Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 800-681-4169 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.