How Does Weather Affect Your Roof?

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Did you know that the weather we have may damage your roof in a variety of ways? It’s critical to stay on top of maintenance to avoid having to pay for costly repairs on your house.

How Summer & The Hot Weather Affects Your Roof

Even though we all like the summer sun, the heat has an impact on your roof. Most problems go unnoticed until the weather changes.

UV Exposure

Since there is a lack of shade for most roofs they are prone to a lot of UV radiation. This results in it drying out over time causing shrinking of the material and causing issues down the line. When shrinking occurs, the underside becomes exposed and can even begin to fracture entirely.

Has Your Roof Suffered From A Thermal Shock?

On exceedingly hot days when the temperature drops during the night, your roof can suffer from something called thermal shock. This can cause rapid expansion and contraction of materials, which affects the structural integrity. Over time, the result of this can be warping and a structurally unsafe roof that will need replacing. This is especially the case with metal components.

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Hot Weather & Moss Growth

If you have moisture or water accumulating then it can result in the growth of moss. During the warmer months, this can grow rapidly and start to creep into the walls and roof space. This can cause internal structural damage and shows that the roof may not have been maintained as well as it should have been.

Checking Your Roof For Winter Damage

Checking for damage after a rainy and windy night is definitely a good idea. Over the winter, water can make its way into your home, and catching any leaks or other problems early will help you save more damage and expense.

Check For Internal Damage

We recommend checking for any internal damage during the winter months before it dries out and becomes less noticeable. Often with water damage and roof repairs it is vital to have it checked as early as possible.

When your roof is damaged, you’ll often discover it right away because you’ll notice moist patches on your walls or ceilings, especially after heavy rain. Discoloration of your walls or the feeling of them being slightly moist to touch are some of the more subtle symptoms of water damage and leaks. Mold or real puddles on the floor are frequently preceded by these indications.

Furthermore, you should inspect your loft for any signs of damp or damage. Don’t be concerned if your loft is significantly cooler than the rest of your home; this is typically not an indication of damage, but rather a sign that your insulation is doing admirably. Look for light cracks, evident traces of water penetration, or other symptoms of possible issues.

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Assess The Roof from Outside

Often this requires a professional, our team of experts will come out and inspect the external areas of your roof to ensure that there are no cracked or damaged areas as well as checking that water isn’t getting trapped anywhere.

It may be that a tile is damaged or has shifted out of place due to the weather in which case our team can advise you on the best course of action at the time. Guttering is important too as debris and water can build up there and cause serious drainage issues for your roof.

Maintaining An Older Roof Through The Seasons

If your roof is older than ten years or you have a ‘Hot Roof,’ talk to your contact us about the benefits of a replacement or more insulation. The benefits of investing in a new roof include lower energy bills, increased insulation against heat loss, and greater air circulation around your home.

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