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How Does the Heat Affect Your Roof?



After a long and chilly winter, even in Florida, spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner. Each season brings its own threats to your roof with it, however hot Florida summers can cause some serious issues. It’s important to keep these threats in mind as temperatures begin to rise so you can maintain the integrity and lifespan of your roofing system.

Heavy Rain & Condensation

We all know the saying, spring showers bring May flowers. That’s because, during the spring and summer months, heavy rainfall occurs quite often. Although these storms are usually quite short, they can bring on a lot of water quickly. Also, condensation can settle beneath the shingles and result in water damage. Not addressing water damage to your roof can result in leaks or rotting of material, and mold growth.

UV Rays

Your roof is continuously exposed to UV rays, even on an overcast and cloudy day. This constant exposure increases during the longer summer day because of the extended hours of sunlight. Depending on the type of roof, UV rays dry out the oils in the materials of your roof causing the wood to dry out, bleach, and even weaken and crack.

High Heat

During the spring and summer seasons, your roof takes on the sun’s force and is exposed to a lot of heat. A roof that has no shade can reach as high as 200 degrees Fahrenheit. At temperatures this high, asphalt shingles can melt. If your attic is not properly ventilated, the heat can build up, which can raise the temperature inside of your home causing humidity problems and also raising your energy bills.

Thermal Shock

Your roof can reach such high temperatures during the day and then cool off rapidly as soon as the sun goes down. This causes the materials to expand and contract fairly quickly, which can weaken your roof’s structural integrity over time. This is particularly true for metal roofs, which can warp out of shape and lead to gaps appearing between metal elements of your roof and the rest of the structure.

The positive news is that the damage caused by heat and other factors during the spring and summer builds up over time, and your roof isn’t going to crumble and turn to dust after one week of extra-warm weather. If your roof is fairly new, you don’t have much to worry about at all, especially if you keep it well-maintained. With older roofs, knowing what to look for and keeping an eye out for any developing issues, and dealing with them promptly will save you money in the long run.

Our team of roof specialists works hard to give you the most comprehensive, accurate evaluation of your roof's condition. We also specialize in roof repair, roof replacement, roof installation, roof maintenance, and more! 

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