Seasonal Changes That Can Affect Your Roof
A roof protects your home from much of what Mother Nature throws at you. Any extreme weather condition like heavy rain, UV exposure, high wind or extremely cold temperatures can cause damage to your roof, so it’s a good idea to keep your roof in top condition when you have the opportunity to inspect and make repairs.
As a homeowner, the last thing you want to deal with is a costly roof replacement if something more proactive can be done to maintain the integrity of your home and its structure. With proper care and maintenance, you will be able to prevent seasonal damage from occurring and preserve and protect the life of your roof. Here’s how you can help protect your roof from seasonal changes:
Spring typically brings with it some heavy rain as we transition into summer months. This excessive rain can take a toll on your roof by exposing and expanding leaks, causing water damage outside and inside your home. To reduce the possibility of leakage, inspect your roof regularly for areas that water could potentially pool after heavy rain, and look for structural weaknesses in your roof. Pay particular attention to areas where seams come together, areas around vents, chimneys, and recessed skylights, and other areas that could contribute to water leakage. Making sure that everything is properly sealed and maintained will reduce the possibility of incurring water damage that leads to more costly repairs down the road.
Exposure to heat and harmful UV rays can cause your roofing materials to deteriorate very quickly. Attic temperatures that are often warmer than outside air temperatures can dry out your roof from the inside out, giving it a double blast of dry heat that scorches those shingles. Choosing high-quality roofing materials that are designed to withstand high temperatures and applying heat-resistant sealants that can deflect heat away from your home is your best line of defense against the scorching summer months.
With the cool crisp welcome of fall come wonderful fall colors to enjoy….and then comes the debris. As the bounty of summer dies off, its residue is left in gutters, soffits, and along your roofline. Leaves, sticks, and debris from shedding trees can be a breeding ground for excess moisture after rainstorms, and this can cause damage to your roof if left for too long. Do your best to clean your roof of debris before the snow falls to reduce the possibility of lasting damage.
Winter is generally not a time when you are inspecting the integrity of your roof, but things are most certainly happening with all of the wind, snow, excess ice, and freezing temperatures. Excess ice that melts and slides across your roof on sunny days can shear off weak shingles, causing damage to underlying materials and even the interior of your home. Inspect your roof both before the snow flies and after melting season has begun to identify weak areas, and repair or replace portions of your roof that won’t be able to withstand these extreme changes. Consider venting your attic more efficiently or insulating, as this will help to reduce the extreme heat and cold changes that can cause ice dams to occur. Keep a snow removal service in your back pocket to reduce excess snow build-up and look forward to warmer days ahead.
Len’s Roofing: Your All-Season Roofing Experts
Rain, sleet, snow, or shine, Len’s Roofing has all of the knowledge and expertise to help you weather the best of what Mother Nature is throwing at you and your roof. We provide comprehensive roof repair and replacement services, including minor repairs, waterproofing, ventilation, inspection, and total replacement that give you peace of mind. Regular inspections and maintenance of your roof are essential to protecting and preserving the value of your home, and we are here to help. Visit https://www.lensroofing.com to schedule your consultation with us today!