While homeowners should maintain their roof year-round, summer deserves extra attention. Between hot, sunny afternoons and sudden thunder and lightning storms, summer weather is not the kindest weather to your roof, and roof damage often goes unnoticed at first.
Minor damage caused by previous weather only gets worse with the next wave of storms and heat spells, which can lead to serious problems down the road.
Issues can come up fast and turn into major repairs or a total replacement if not dealt with right away. Here are some of the most common types of roof damage caused by summer weather:
Rotted Roof Decking
Roof decking is the base of your roof. So, if there’s damage to your decking, there is likely damage to other parts of your roof as well.
Most decking is made from plywood (or a plywood composite) and sits on top of the outer shell of your attic. This acts as the foundation of your roof and supports the weight of the shingles. All the other layers that make up a roof sit on top of the decking and work as a protective layer — but it is not indestructible.
Since roof decking is made of wood, it is susceptible to water damage. If water makes its way to your roof decking, the wood can warp, bend and rot. When this happens, it cannot support the weight of the rest of your roof or keep itself firmly attached to your attic and rafters.
This type of roof damage can be severe, putting your whole roof at risk of collapse.
Leaks from broken shingles or torn underlayment from summer storms are not the only things that can cause your deck to rot. If your attic isn’t properly ventilated, the damage could be coming from inside your home.
A roof that isn’t properly ventilated can cause the attic to overheat. As warm, moist air builds up, it will begin to condense, leading to wood rot within your attic. This can then spread up to the roof decking, causing serious roof damage.
Moss and Mold Growth
Water is the enemy of a healthy roof and the main cause of most roof damage. When moisture collects in your attic or between the layers of your roof without a way to escape, it can cause moss and mold to grow, killing your roof from the inside out.
Not only is moss aesthetically unpleasant, but it can lead to more intense roof damage over time. As moss grows, it sucks up all the moisture and rain that it can find. In doing so, the moss creates concentrated areas of moisture along your roof that constantly leak water into your roof decking, which we know is not good for maintaining the structural foundation of your roof.
And once moisture enters your home, it can easily create unhealthy mold growth, not just in your attic but in other rooms of your house as well, which could be harmful to your health.
Cracked or Warped Shingles
The sun can cause just as much damage as the rain. The temperature inside your attic can get up to 65% warmer than what the thermometer reads. If it is 100 degrees outside, that means your roof temperature could be all the way up to 170 degrees! This kind of extreme heat can cause serious damage to your shingles.
Asphalt shingles are built to last and can take a serious beating, but even they have limits. When the heat gets that intense for several days at a time, shingles can begin to curl or dry out, making them brittle and prone to cracking come the next storm.
Once water penetrates the cracks in your roofing system, it is all downhill from there.
Call Witten Roofing today at 318-516-8866 for your free estimate. We have locations in Monroe, LA and Shreveport, LA.