Most people look forward to summer since it’s a time of outdoor fun with friends and family. However, high winds, extreme heat, and flooding mean summer storms that can potentially damage your property. For those living on the East Coast, the Atlantic summer hurricane season always brings a level of apprehension. These summer storms can be intense, wreaking havoc on both commercial and residential roofs. Even in other areas of the country, you will likely face sudden, intense storms that can ruin your roof if you’re not careful.
1. Roof leaks
Summer storms sometimes include high winds and hail, which can loosen the shingles on your roof. This, in turn, can lead to roof leaks. After an intense storm, inspect your roof for any signs of loose shingles. Also, keep an eye out for signs of a roof leak, such as ceiling stains. At the first sign of a roof leak, contact a residential roofing contractor for a quick repair.
2. Cracked and damaged shingles
Not only can hail crack and damage your shingles, but excessive heat can too. Old asphalt shingles are likely to dry out and crack due to the sun’s intense summer UV rays. Cracked shingles will ultimately allow the rain from a summer storm to seep under and into the roof’s support structure.
3. Moss damage
In warm, humid climates, moss and even lichen can begin to grow on your roof. While a moss-covered roof can look quaint, the moss can also damage your shingles. If moss is not removed, it can not only cause leaks but also structural damage to your residential roofing. During a summer storm, the moss will absorb and trap excess water, causing extensive damage. Keep your roof clear of moss to prevent damage.
4. Damage from downed trees
While trees do provide a welcome source of shade during the summer, they also pose a danger to your home. During an extreme summer storm, tree branches or entire trees could fall onto your roof. Take preventative action by trimming heavy branches away from your roof. In the case of an old, sick tree, consider having it removed altogether.
5. Clogged roof gutters
As a homeowner, you are probably familiar with roof gutters clogged with leaves and debris. This can damage your home’s foundation. While it’s not the most enjoyable chore, cleaning out your roof gutters is an important task during the summer.
If you’ve noticed roof damage, you may be tempted to grab a ladder and toolbox and take care of the problem yourself. However, in most cases, it’s wise to contact a residential roofing professional for assistance. Working on the roof without the proper tools or experience can be very dangerous, especially if you have a multi-story home. A roofing professional will likely be able to fix the roof more quickly and more efficiently than the average homeowner, and they will have the tools to keep them safe while they work.
A homeowner can take many proactive measures to help prevent storm damage. But, once the damage has occurred, you’ll need to call in a residential roofing specialist for professional repairs.