Posted on: 24 June 2017
When temperatures rise, asphalt shingles start to have problems, such as melting or loss of granules. In addition, summer storms cause damage to roofs that require repairs. To prevent roof problems do things such as, using the correct shingles for your climate, keeping trees trimmed back and regularly doing maintenance.
The Summer Roof Problems That Business Owners Face Every Year
The heat of the long days of summer causes damage to many roofing materials. Asphalt shingles are especially vulnerable because of their relatively low melting-point. Usually, roofing does not have problems if the decking and moisture barrier beneath is correctly installed. The main cause of melting shingles is plywood decking being installed upside down or reflective moisture barriers beneath the shingles. Summer storms also cause damage due to the hail, wind, and heavy rain that comes with them. The problems you want to keep an eye out for this summer include:
- Granule loss on shingles
- Hail and wind damage
- Melting shingles
- Isolated excessive wear
When you notice that your roof has been damaged during the summer, contact a roofing contractor to have it repaired quickly, and prevent problems from spreading.
Dealing with The Damage and Preventative Roof Maintenance for the Summer
Repairs are important for summer roof damage, but simple maintenance will help prevent these problems. When a roofer does maintenance to your business, talk with them about leaving an extra bundle of shingles for repairs that you may need to do on your own, such as replacing a missing shingle. In addition to small repairs, you also want to make sure your roof is clean and free of debris, as well as trim any tree branches away from the roof. The roof maintenance you should plan for this summer includes:
- Cleaning debris from roof and gutters: make sure to clean the roof regularly, as well as any gutters to keep decaying leaves and organic debris off your roof.
- Repairing small leaks and shingles after storm damage: occasionally, your roof may have a small leak that has developed after a storm. Have roofing cement for patching small leaks and extra shingles for repairing missing shingles and wind damage.
- Pruning tree growth back, away from the roof: trees provide your business with shade, but too much shade is a problem. The debris and branches from trees also causes damage to asphalt shingles. Prune trees away from the roof, as well as thin-out the canopy to allow some sunlight through.
While there are some problems that cannot be avoided during the summer months, good maintenance, regular inspection and doing repairs when needed will help extend the life of your roof. Contact a roofing contractor like Mid-Miami Roofing, Inc. to help with your roofing repairs or replacement.Share