Summer is upon us and average temperatures continue to climb. That may have you wondering what long-term effects a hotter climate might have on your home. Constant exposure to the sun can cause issues with your roof, siding, or windows if you do not have the proper materials installed or if they need to be replaced.
Here are some warning signs to watch for throughout the summer months.
Cracked or Curled Shingles
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can dry out your shingles and cause them to crack. Once cracks appear, materials underneath the shingles are exposed to the elements. This allows water to seep in and cause damage. Worse, it could lead to shingles breaking off, leaving your home unprotected.
Roofing materials may contract and expand with temperature swings. This can lead to curled shingles, which is another red flag and could leave your roof vulnerable.
If you notice granules in your downspouts or gutters, your shingles have lost some protection from UV rays. If you see signs that your roof may be vulnerable, a Rose Roofing expert can closely inspect your roof. Addressing any concerns during warmer months will ensure your home is well protected for winter weather.
Long-term exposure to intense sunlight can discolor your roof and siding. While this may not affect the structural integrity of your home, it can be an eyesore. It might also be a sign that your roof system or siding is at the end of its lifespan. When it comes to shingles, architectural or wood shake can be the most vulnerable to discoloration.
Although vinyl siding can withstand high temperatures, constant sun exposure or sunlight reflected from a window can cause your siding to melt or warp. Our experts can help you find the cause and replace that section of siding to maximize protection. Once it’s resolved, you may consider planting a tree or shrub to prevent sun exposure.
New windows can be a significant investment. If your windows are older, there are a few DIY tasks you can perform to help with efficiency in the summer. Adding items such as curtains or shutters can help reduce UV rays entering your home. If you want to go further, add reflective adhesive film to reduce the heat entering your home. However, if your windows are past their lifespan, it is best to consider replacing them with energy-efficient windows.
Anywhere you see water damage or mold around your home may indicate issues with your roof, siding, or windows. Moisture is being allowed to enter someplace it should not. The trouble spot may also be allowing pests to enter. Addressing this immediately will prevent bigger problems in the future.
Resistance to summer heat is an essential feature to include on your checklist when considering a new roof, siding, or windows. Contact Rose Roofing to let us guide you through the selection process. Our professionals will listen to your needs and find a solution that protects your home and offers the curb appeal you desire.