Beat the Heat: Roofing Tips for Summer

Removing leaves and debris from a gutter

During the hottest months of the year, it can be hard to keep your home cool without your energy bills skyrocketing. One major area that can help with that, an area that many homeowners tend to overlook, is taking care of your roof. Not only does your home’s roof protect you from the elements, it plays a crucial role in keeping your home comfortable and energy efficient. With that in mind, here’s why it’s essential to maintain your roof during the summer, and a few tips on what you can do.

How does summer weather affect my roof?

Thermal Expansion and Contraction

While it’s obvious that summer weather gets hotter during the day, the temperatures cooling off at night can pose just as much of a problem. Roofing materials can expand in the heat of the day, then contract in the cooler night air, a cycle which can lead to cracks and deterioration. Without regular maintenance, these small issues can get out of hand, causing significant damage over time, leading to leaks and expensive repairs.

UV Radiation

A bright sunny day can be great for a cookout or a day at the park, but for the shingles on your roof, all that extra exposure to ultraviolet radiation can be trouble. The sun’s UV rays can break down the chemical bonds in asphalt shingles and other roofing materials, causing them to become brittle and easier to damage.

Clogs in the Gutters

On top of more UV radiation on a sunny day, summer storms can bring heavy rain and wind. With those comes the possibility of your gutters getting blocked and clogged. Dirt, twigs, and leaves can cause water to back up and seep under your roof, which can lead to water damage and leaks.

Damage from Outside

Weather isn’t the only thing to worry about when it comes to your roof’s integrity. Tree limbs can scratch and scrape across the roof, and storms can cause overhanging branches to snap off and damage the roof more directly.

What can I do to protect my roof?

Fortunately, while each of these issues can pose major problems, there are several steps you can take to prevent serious damage and costly repairs:

Trim Nearby Trees

Keeping your roof clear of overhanging tree limbs can go a long way in preventing any scratches, scrapes, or breakages. Trimming trees now can save you lots of hassle and expense later.

Clear Your Gutters

On the same note, keeping your gutters and downspouts clear of debris can prevent clogs and water damage. As long as rain has somewhere to go, you’ll have less to worry about leaks and water damage.

Consider Cool Roofing Technology

While wear from UV exposure and thermal expansion is bound to happen, there are roofing materials and techniques that can help hold back the hands of time. Shingles with special coatings can reflect the sun’s rays, as can light-colored metal tiles. Installing solar panels can even put all that sunlight to work for you, while simultaneously giving your roof some much-needed shade.

Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to maintain your roof’s integrity is to get an inspection and consultation from a professional like HomeSafe Roofing. While there are a lot of measures you can take yourself, our trained professionals know how to look for signs of damage, help you find small problems before they become big ones, and save you the headaches and expense of major repairs in the future.

HomeSafe Roofing and Construction is a locally-owned business serving Huntsville, Birmingham, and the surrounding areas. We’re proud to offer a wide range of roofing services, starting with a free roof inspection and consultation. Our team members are happy to help you identify any problems you might have, and recommend the best solutions to help keep your home safe any time of year.

There are plenty of ways to help your home beat the heat this summer. Contact us today to find out more.

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