Every season brings new challenges for your roof.

Although winter is mild here in Hilton Head, that doesn’t mean that we are immune to the woes that the seasons bring. We may not have a lot of snow or below-freezing days to contend with, but we do have long, hot summers, and they can be just as challenging for your roof. It’s obvious how ice and snow can affect your roof in the winter, but how does the summer affect it? Here are a few ways that summer can affect your roof:

#1. Summer Storms

When most people think of the summer, they imagine sunny strolls on the beach or long afternoons sipping lemonade on the porch, but summer doesn’t just bring warm, sunny days. Storms are common during the summer, and they can put your roof at risk in many ways. Many of these summer storms dump lots of rain on our homes, and if your roof isn’t in good shape, you may have a leak or two to contend with. Hail is also a big problem with summer storms, but the biggest concern is the wind. If your shingles have curled or buckled, the wind from a summer storm could cause them to blow right off your roof! Wind can also cause branches and other debris to blow onto your roof. Have a professional come out and take a look to ensure that your roof is ready to take on summer storms and keep any nearby trees trimmed away.

#2. Heat

Many of us don’t consider heat to be a threat to our roofs, but if you have an asphalt shingle roof, heat is actually one of most dangerous elements for your roof. Here are a few of the effects of heat on your asphalt shingles:

  • Curling – When your shingles are exposed to too much heat for too long, it will cause them to contract, which may cause them to peel upwards on one side. As we mentioned earlier, this makes it easy for those shingles to be torn off and blown away during windy days.
  • Decay – When your shingles face intense heat for too long, it can cause them to start to decay. If your shingles have rotted, become deformed or are missing granules, it could be due to excessive heat.
  • Cracking – When your shingles are secured to the roof and they start contracting, the tension can cause them to crack. If your shingles have cracked, it puts you at risk for leaks every time it rains.

One of the best ways to combat the effects of heat on your roof is to ensure that it is properly ventilated. Ventilation helps to prevent too much heat from building up in your attic, and it’s essential for reducing the impacts of heat on your roof.

#3. Sun Exposure

Not only can the heat from the sun damage your roof, but the sun’s UV rays can also damage your roof. Over time, too much UV exposure can degrade your roof, and it may even lead to the need for replacement. Sun exposure can cause any untreated wood to break down, become bleached or blacken. It can also cause your shingles to buckle. If your shingles are compromised, heat can also damage the wood beneath them. Each and every one of the effects of sun exposure make your roof more vulnerable to future damage from summer storms. Make sure that you stay on top of roof repairs and maintenance to prevent sun exposure from leaving you with severe roofing problems.

When people think of seasonal roof damage, they often think about the winter, but summer brings its own unique challenges for our roofs. Make sure that you stay on top of taking care of your roof this summer with Nationwide Developments. Contact us today to get your free estimate.