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Summer Roofing Hazard Basics

by Donald Evans

Few things can be as damaging to your home's roof as summer weather. Many homeowners don't even realize how many hazards their roof is subjected to during the summer. Before you dismiss the concern, you need to understand exactly what those risks are. In addition, you also need to know what you can do to combat these things. Here's a look at some of the things you should be aware of before this summer season hits its peak.

How Can Summer Weather Harm Your Roof?

There are many different hazards in the summer weather. Understanding some of these hazards and what they can do to your roof is the first step in protecting your home. Here are two common issues to watch for:

  • Ultraviolet Ray Damage: Ultraviolet rays are damaging to your roof when it suffers prolonged exposure. Since roofing is in direct sunlight much of the day, that makes it particularly vulnerable. These rays can cause your roofing shingles to crack, split, dry, and curl.
  • Temperature Fluctuations: The heat of the summer days combined with the cool summer nights can cause condensation buildup and humidity damage to your roof, your insulation, and your home's structure. When the evening air turns cooler, all of the humidity in the air from the temperature change will settle on your insulation and the underside of your roof. This leads to mold growth, moisture damage, and other potential issues. In addition, the temperature changes can cause splintering and crack your shingles.

How Can You Avoid Summer Weather Damage On Your Roof?

Coat your roof in an ultraviolet protective coating to block the damage that can be caused by the sun's ultraviolet rays. You can find these coatings at many home improvement stores, or you can have your roofing contractor apply one.

Avoid moisture problems caused by the temperature changes by improving the insulation in your attic and beneath your roof. You should also ensure that your attic and roof are adequately vented so that the air can flow more effectively, reducing the chance of any moisture accumulation.

You can reduce the risk of splintering and cracks in your roof by opting for heat-resistant shingles or shingles that have been treated to help preserve their condition even in changing temperatures.

How Can You Spot Summer Weather Damage On Your Roof?

The good news is that there are a few different ways to spot summer heat damage on your roof, but you need to know what you're looking for. Here are the most common signs that the summer has taken its toll on your home's roof.

  • Fading Colors: Particularly if you have colored shingles, this sign is easy to recognize. Your roofing shingles will start to lose their color. If you notice your roofing shingles fading in color, that's a key sign that they are suffering ultraviolet ray damage.
  • Curling Shingle Edges: If your shingles are starting to curl around the edges, that means that they need to be replaced as soon as possible. Curling shingles are a sign of significant heat damage and the potential for shingle crumbling and other damage.
  • Cracks, Bumps, And Crumbling: The longer shingles suffer heat damage, the drier and more deteriorated they become. If your shingles are starting to show cracking, crumbling, or bumps along the shingles, that means they are failing and will leave your roof at risk of complete failure.

As you can see, there are many risks that come from the summer heat and weather. The better you understand, the easier it is to protect your home. Talk with your local roofing contractor today for more information about your roof's condition. Visit a site like for more information.