Living in the Southeast has many perks, including beautiful natural scenery, easy access to both mountains and beaches, and some of the fastest-growing urban areas in the country. Furthermore, in many regions, the weather is relatively temperate for most of the year. Summers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and other southeastern states, though, can sometimes be brutal! For homeowners, this can mean extra maintenance around the house. In this guide, you’ll learn more about how to take proper care of your roof during the hottest season of the year.
Be prepared for storms
Storms are the most apparent threat to your home’s roof during the summer season. The Carolinas typically receive their fair share of thunderstorms and, in coastal areas, hurricanes that can result in severe roof damage. Although there is nothing you can do to prevent storms from harming your roof, you can take certain precautions to minimize any potential damage.
First, make sure you schedule an annual roof inspection with a reputable Carolina roofing contractor. This will help you catch any problems, such as dry rot or mold infestations, that could potentially weaken your roof and make it more susceptible to storm damage. You should also make sure any low-hanging branches are trimmed. The closer tree limbs are to your roof, the more likely they are to cause significant damage.
Understand ultraviolet rays
As you are undoubtedly aware, the sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays. Just like prolonged exposure to UV rays can damage a person’s skin, it can also cause roofing materials to deteriorate over time. Since sunlight beats down on your home’s roof several more hours per day in the summertime than it does any other time of year, it’s a good idea to be on the lookout for any abnormalities, such as cracked or buckled shingles and discoloration. Any roofing issues should be assessed by a professional contractor as soon as possible.
Be aware of extreme heat
In both North Carolina and South Carolina, it is not at all unusual for summer temperatures to reach the high 90s and low 100s. Homeowners should know that on a 90-degree day, the surface temperature of asphalt shingles can climb upwards of 160 degrees. Over time, this sort of extreme heat can cause shingles to crack or disintegrate. In addition, if your attic is poorly insulated, the heat from your roof will carry into the interior of your home, raising your cooling bills.
Read up on thermal shock
Of all of the issues that can impact residential roofs in the summer, thermal shock is among the least known. This problem occurs when asphalt shingles expand during the heat of the day, then quickly contract as the temperature cools off once the sunsets. Over the course of the season, this can cause cracks and other damage. The phenomenon is referred to as “thermal shock.”
At Hatch Homes, we want to help you create a beautiful and energy-efficient space for your family. If you think your roof needs to be repaired or redone before the summer season, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about various roofing materials and how they handle hot conditions. Just give us a call to get started!