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Lookout for This Summer Roof Damage

What Causes Summer Roofing Damage?

When you think about roof damage, the main culprits that come to mind are probably rain, hail, falling trees, etc. Most people don’t think there’s much to be concerned about when it comes to summer weather and their roof. However, this is a false presumption. Summer weather can still have a significant impact on your roof.

Some of the leading causes of summer roof damage include:

UV Rays: Longer summer days means increased UV exposure for your roof. UV rays can be quite damaging to your roofing materials, causing bleaching, cracking, warping, and drying out.

Heat: If the outside temperature is 90 degrees, your unshaded roof can reach temperatures of up to 160 degrees! This kind of heat wreaks havoc on your roof and can even cause structural damage to your attic space as well.

Thermal Shock: Just like everything else, your roof expands and contracts as the outside temperatures rise and fall. This phenomenon is called thermal shock, and it weakens the structural integrity of your roof over time.

Cracked or Curling Shingles

As we mentioned above, just because the outside temperatures seem reasonable, you also have to take into consideration that your roofing materials get much hotter. That kind of heat causes the shingles to dry up faster, causing them to curl, warp, crack or lose granules over time.

High Winds

Another fixture of Southern California summer is the Santa Ana winds. These high winds can wreak havoc on a perfectly healthy roof, but if your roof has already been damaged by severe heat, high winds can cause even more destruction.

If you want to learn more about protecting your roof this summer, contact our team either through our website or by calling (805) 519-8099!

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