Summer is almost here, and although the snow and ice have cleared from your roof, there are still certain environmental factors that can cause some issues and roofing damage. Not all roofing issues are easy to identify, and many are not easy to repair, which is why identifying them quickly can help you mitigate the damage. Finding these issues will allow you to make repairs or begin the process of roofing replacement before the issues become worse and impact your home even more.
These are the most common roofing issues that occur during the summer months.
Depending on the area in which you live, different animals and insects will try to make a home out of your roof, which can cause all sorts of problems down the line. Common roofing pests include:
- Mice and rats
- Bees, hornets, and wasps
- Carpenter ants
Pests like to build nests in gutters, underneath roofing tiles, underneath the fascia, and even under the roof in an attic area. If you notice signs of pests, contact an exterminator to have them removed immediately. After they are removed, make sure to have the roof inspected for further damage. Pest infestations can damage the roofing materials and decking beneath them, which can lead to leaks and other issues down the line.
Fungus, Algae, etc.
High humidity areas are prone to fungus, algae, and other floral growth on top and underneath your roof. It’s important to have these things removed before they spread and degrade the materials they are attached to. Algae growth is most commonly found on asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, and concrete tiles, but it can grow on virtually any roofing material. Thankfully, it can be removed without damaging the roofing materials, but if left untreated it will weaken and degrade them.
Contact an algae removal company to have the algae removed. If your roof is excessively old, it may also be time for a roofing replacement.
Leaks and Rot
Summer can bring a lot of rain in certain parts of the country, and holes in roofing materials allow runoff from downpours to get underneath the protective materials of the roof. If this water is allowed to sit for long periods, especially with high humidity, it can cause rot on the roof decking and any insulation below it. If you have an attic space, make it a point to inspect it a few times throughout the summer, particularly after a heavy rain. Look for wet spots on the roof and have them inspected immediately. While repairs may fix the issue, keep in mind that it may be necessary to replace the roof entirely.
Having issues with your roof? Want to have it repaired or replaced? Contact Schmidt Roofing for a free quote today!