The Impact of High Heat on Your San Antonio Roof
Most people are happy when cold weather moves out of the area; however, summer brings along more unique issues – especially for your roof. Months of Texas sun and heat can cause serious issues that are often worse than the issues you experience during the colder months of the year.
Along with the heat, summer storms bring about water and wind damage that can cause other problems. Get to know some of the dangers of the heat to your San Antonio roof here. Once you know what the potential issues are, you will also know when to call the professionals.
Ultra-Violet (UV) Light
UV light can cause a lot of damage. It can cause damage to your carpet, furniture, cars, and your skin (if you don’t use sunscreen). Unfortunately, it can take a toll on your roof, as well.
The sunlight strikes your roof with minimal atmospheric interference in the summer months. In fact, it’s at its highest for the entire year and causing constant damage no matter if it is overcast or not. As time passes, wood will crack and bleach, while asphalt shingles may begin to cup, split, and wilt.
Unless there are buildings or trees providing shade over your roof, it will experience all the extreme effects of heat and sunlight. For darker roofs, the heat is absorbed, which causes temperatures to exceed 150 degrees when it is 90 degrees outside. These types of high temperatures may cause the materials used on your roof to break down quickly. If your roof is hot often, be sure, there’s plenty of insulation in your attic to keep the heat from making its way into your home living area.
During the day, your roof will reach higher temperatures during the day, and then it will cool down quickly when the sunsets. This quick cooling may cause thermal shock. Just as you would think, any type of materials that are susceptible to thermal shock will expand and contract quickly, which weakens your roof’s integrity. This is especially a problem with metal roofs since the shape may start to warp, which can cause gaps.
The summer is known for producing some strong thunderstorms. During these storms, your roof may experience extreme wind, which can cause damage to different parts of the roof. If you have tile roofing, it may become loose, and hail can cause significant damage to your metal roof. After a bad storm, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof and see if there’s any damage. If there is sunlight in the attic, it’s a sign that damage occurred and that you need to call for repairs.
Do You Need Roof Repair?
As you can see, the summer months can take a toll on your roof. Because of this, you should be aware of the potential issues and take steps to ensure they are handled if damage occurs. Being informed and knowing the problems that may arise is the best way to know when to call for roof repair and maintenance.