The Effects of Summer Heat on Your Roof

Roof maintenance in OklahomaOklahoma summers are sunny, hot, and humid. The scorching heat can cause significant stress on your roof, impacting its longevity and functionality. Your roof is a huge investment you make for your home or business, and while it may seem like it’s “out of sight, out of mind”, it’s important to practice proper maintenance so your investment is protected.

Roof Maintenance

In the fall and spring, when extreme temperatures change, is a great time to have your roof inspected. Low-cost maintenance and repairs can significantly extend your roof’s life and protect your investment.

Thermal Shock

When your roof is exposed to the scorching hot sun during the summer, your roof absorbs radiated heat. When the temperatures escalate quickly during the day and plummet at night in the fall or after a cool rain shower, this rapid temperature shift can lead to “thermal shock.” During thermal shock,  the roof materials quickly expand and contract. This sudden fluctuation can damage your roof, causing the materials to split and crack. It can also lead to separation of the joints and seams in a roofing structure, flashing may come loose, and nails may pop up. Routine maintenance during the change in seasons can be inexpensive but extend the life of the roof for your home or business significantly. 

Roof Warranty

Roofing materials often have a 25 to 30-year warranty. As a home or business owner, it is beneficial to make sure you are doing regular maintenance and care for your roof. The manufacturer is more likely to cover roofing repairs and replace materials if the home or business owner is ensuring the roof has proper maintenance. If the roof care is neglected, they may deny warranty on the materials. Make sure you are getting the most out of your roof’s warranty by having it inspected and keeping up with affordable repairs twice a year. 

Deterioration of Roofing Materials

Shingles are designed to protect your roof from the elements, but extended exposure to high heat can cause them to deteriorate or even warp. This can lead to gaps in your roofing, making your home more susceptible to leaks during a storm. Have the roof of your home or business inspected this fall to make sure you are ready for the upcoming cold and wintry months. 

Roof Maintenance in TulsaProper Roof Insulation

The high and low temperatures on the roof can translate to extreme heat or cold in your attic. If your attic is insufficiently insulated, this heat and cold can seep into your living areas, making your air conditioning and heating systems work overtime and increasing your energy bills. Extreme temperatures can also damage items stored there. If you have questions about whether your home or business is properly insulated, give us a call, and we can schedule an inspection. 

UV Damage

High heat is not the only factor putting stress on your roof. The increased ultraviolet (UV) rays during summer can also cause substantial damage. UV rays can break down the material over time, decreasing the roof’s life and effectiveness. This can be prevented with proper maintenance and minor repairs as needed. 

While these effects can be damaging, regular roof inspections and maintenance can help you identify potential problems early and take preventive measures. By taking care of your roof, you ensure it continues to take care of you, offering you the much-needed shade and protection during the sizzling summer months. Contact us at Decor Roofing and Restoration. We are happy to help! 

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