Yesterday was the first day of Summer and that means hot weather. Here in the South it’s not only the heat they say but also the humidity. so it’s important to understand the effect summer heat and moisture can have on your roof and your home.
As the sun is out longer in the summer than other seasons, it has a huge impact on your roof’s lifespan, mainly because of UV rays, heat and thermal shock. Even on cooler, cloudy days, UV rays wear down your roof every day. This can break down the oils in your roof causing dryness and cracking which in turn can compromise waterproofing.
In the Summer, your roof’s shingles can exceed the outdoor temperature by as much as 80 degrees. This extreme variance in temperature can wreak havoc on even the highest quality materials.
As the outside heats during the day and cools down at night, your roof does too, causing it to expand and contract with each temperature change. After a while, this thermal shock will begin to strain the roof causing it to split which results in costly repairs if not repaired quickly.
If you’ve been neglecting your roof, the summer heat compounds problems that have gone unnoticed and can cause a lot more problems. To prevent this, regular maintenance is key to mitigating damage from the heat and can be crucial in ensuring your roof makes it through the summer with little damage.
When regular maintenance isn’t enough or if you’re between inspections, there are many products on the market today that can help decrease this heat transfer and also save you on cooling costs. One of these products, the GAF Timberline Cool Series Shingle,is one of the many options Atlanta Roofing Specialists has at their disposal to help your roof beat the heat of summer.
To be sure your roof is ready for the summer contact your local roof contractor for an immediate inspection today and to find out what roofing products are available to protect your home for years to come!
In Metro Atlanta contact Atlanta Roofing Specialists at 770-419-2222 if you would like more information on this or other Cool Roofing products or need an estimate to get your roof in shape this summer!