You may believe that you don’t have to worry about maintaining your roof as much during the summer as during colder parts of the year. Roofs often suffer from the effects of rain, ice and storms, so you may think that there’s no risk of damage during the more temperate seasons. Sadly, however, this simply isn’t the case. Here at Woodstock Roofing, we know that roofs are just as susceptible to damage during the summer months as they are throughout the rest of the year. As expert roofing contractors, we suggest that you take good care of your roof during the summer and check regularly for signs of damage. To help you, we’ve come up with a list of several problems that can befall roofs in the summertime.
It’s well-known principle of physics that heat causes matter to expand. Unfortunately, this includes your roof tiles. During periods of intense heat, the material from which your roof tiles are made will expand on the molecular level while simultaneously drying out. This can lead to small cracks appearing or pre-existing cracks getting bigger. If the problem is left unchecked, the whole structure of your roof can be undermined by a network of cracks. When you check your roof during the summer months, look for cracks and have them repaired as soon as possible.
Plants can grow significantly during the summer months. This can be a problem if you have a tree growing near your house. If a branch growing over your roof becomes too large for the tree to support, it may break off and damage your roof. We suggest that you trim any plants or trees whose branches extend over your roof so that they don’t fall and cause roof damage during the summer.
You may associate stormy weather with winter, but summer storms can be even more intense and damaging to your roof. You should check your roof for damage immediately following a lightning storm or a period of strong wind during the summertime.