Summertime is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but it also means that your roof could be under additional stress. With record breaking temperatures happening here in Oklahoma over the summer, now more than ever is the time to know the effects of extreme heat on your roof. Heat waves cause stress on your roof and can lead to cracks or leaks. A damaged roof can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements. You need to know how to keep your home or business protected from the summer heat, and Lewis Roofing is here to help educate on how extreme temperatures can affect your roof.
As a homeowner or business owner, it’s important to be educated on mitigation measures and what to look out for to ensure a long lasting, high quality roof.
Heat Waves Cause Stress to Roof
Heat waves can cause stress on your roof. Shrinking and expanding of the shingles over long periods of time can lead to leaks. Any type of leak in your home leads to water damage, mold and other structural problems for your home. This is especially true with asphalt shingles when faced with extreme temperatures. Be aware of what type of shingles you have so you know what kind of damages to look for.
Heat Damages Shingles
When the temperature rises, shingles can become damaged. The first signs of heat damage are curling and warping shingles. These damages can cause shingles to lose their color and granules along with their adhesion. This is because the glue that holds them together (and makes them water-resistant) becomes less effective in high temperatures. Yearly inspections to look for damaged shingles and frequent repairs can lead to a longer lasting, more effective roof.
Damaged Roofs Leak
If you have a damaged roof, leaks are likely to develop in your home. The first sign of a leak can be leaking light fixtures, water spots on your ceiling, or bubbled up portions of paint where water is trapped. Leaks can cause damage to the interior of your house, even causing mold growth if not treated in a timely manner. The most common types of damage caused by leaks include:
- water damage
- structural damage
- electrical problems
Heat Causes Thermal Expansion
When the temperature rises, your roof will expand. It's a natural occurrence. But if it expands too much and under too much pressure, it can cause damage to the structural integrity of your roof. Insulating your attic and upgrading your ventilation system is the best way to prevent thermal expansion. A proper ventilation system will push hot air out so it doesn't build up inside. A one time upgrade could add years of life to your roof!
Roof Inspection You Can Trust
- Get your roof inspected by a company you trust.
- Don't be swayed by low prices or high-pressure salespeople.
- Look for a company that will give you an honest and thorough assessment of your roof's condition, along with options for repair or replacement.
- Don't choose a "known" name just because it's familiar—it might not be the best choice for you.
As you can see, heat waves are no joke. They cause stress on your roof and can damage it over time. A damaged roof is not only expensive to repair, but it also puts you at risk of leaks or other problems with your home. If you’re worried about the heatwave this summer—and even if you aren’t!—make sure that your roof is in good shape by getting it inspected and maintenanced by your local leader in roofing, Lewis Roofing.
Lewis Roofing is partnered with the nation’s top Fortune 500 roofing manufacturers to bring you not only the best quality of materials, but also manufacturer trained Lewis Roofing installers. We pride ourselves on quality, integrity, and the best customer service around.