Ahhh, summer time. Time for swimming, cooking out, going on vacation, and summer roof damage.
Certainly, you should be keeping up the regular maintenance on your roof all year long. But staying alert for summer roof damage is very important. Storms can cause all kinds of roof damage because of the hail and high winds that often come with them in the summer time. This damage can go unnoticed for some time unless you’re vigilant.
Summer roof damage that isn’t very significant can become very severe with a series of storms hitting your roof. The heat spells in between the storms don’t help your roof either. Missing or ignoring minor damage can lead to serious damage down the road.
One type of roof damage that often goes undetected at first is rotting roof decking. Decking is the foundation of your roof. It is plywood or a type of composite plywood that sits on top of the outer shell of your attic and supports the shingles. Everything sits on top of the decking.
Roof damage from storms that allows water to penetrate to the decking will eventually cause it to rot. It’s only wood, after all. Once the decking begins rotting, it can no longer support the weight of the shingles. Also, the decking itself can no longer stay solidly connected to the rafters, putting the entire roof in danger of collapse.
In addition to water getting to the decking from leaks in the shingles, moisture can collect on it from underneath, as well. If your attic is not well ventilated, moisture can build up from the inside and cause rotting.
Another type of roof damage that develops because of water is moss or mold growth. If water gets in between the layers of shingles with no way to get out or if it collects from underneath and stays on the decking, moss and mold can begin to grow. This is a significant problem when there is a long period of hot, humid weather.
Moss and mold are not only visually unappealing, they soak up moisture and lead to serious roof damage. The concentrated spots of moisture lead to your roof decking rotting. In addition, once the moisture gets into your house, mold will grow and possibly endanger your health.
The sun itself can also cause roof damage. With long exposure to high temperatures and lots of sunlight, your shingles can warp and crack, allowing water access to your decking and leading to rot.
What can you do to prevent roof damage like listed here? Look for damaged or missing shingles after storms. Inspect your roof for missing granules from the shingles. Check for pock marks after a hail storm. Look for water spots on the ceilings inside your house.
If you see these signs, it’s time to have a professional check your roof. When you need roof repair or a new roof or if you need information about the best kind of roofing shingle to buy, contact Price My Roof at 978-361-6129. They’ve been in business for 15 years doing home improvements in the New Hampshire, Eastern Massachusetts, and Boston areas.