While it is the winter season that is usually associated with roof damage (mostly due to snow and winter storms), the summer season can also wreak havoc on your roof. The following are some of the problems your roof may face in the summer:
The intense heat of the summer can heat up your roof to dangerous levels. Damage occurs when the high temperatures deteriorate the protective chemicals in the roof's materials and also causes their expansion. In the short to medium term, this can cause warping and cracking of your roofing materials; the exact damage depends on the material. In the long-term, this will accelerate the wear and tear of the roofing materials and shorten its life.
If your area experiences strong summer storms, then you also have to worry about wind damage to your roof. Depending on the strength of the winds, they may tear the flashing, dislodge the gutter, cause loss of granulation or even uplift the whole roof. As you would expect, aging or poorly maintained roofs are likely to be damaged than relatively new or well-maintained roofs.
Strong winds aren't the only things you need to worry about when it comes to summer storms; the storms can also flood your roof with different types of debris. Windblown debris, such as leaves and tree branches, will keep your roof moist and encourage moisture damage. This debris also attracts pests and rodents, which can cause further roof damage. Some of the debris may also block the gutters, interfere with roof drainage and cause moisture damage. Don't forget that the impact of falling branches or trees can also cause mechanical damage to the roof.
Lastly, you also have to worry about the moisture, which is probably one of the biggest threats to your roof. The heightened humidity of the summer season, as well as torrential summer rains, can cause serious problems. For example, the rain can cause roof leaks and the moisture can damage wooden and metallic parts of the roof by rot and rust respectively. You also have to worry about mold and mildew whose growths are accelerated by moisture.
As you can see, your roof isn't too safe from weather-related damage during the summer season. As has been mentioned above, aging and poorly maintained roofs will be the first to suffer when the weather turns sore. Therefore, if your roof falls into that category, get it professionally inspected before the summer season hits. Companies like Versatile Roofing can help you care for your home's roof.