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Denver Roofing: Article About Extreme Heat Damage

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Throughout their lifespan, asphalt shingle roofs are put under extreme stress when exposed to high temperatures. On some days, the temperatures can exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the roof can become even hotter if it is impacted by direct sunlight during these days, which can result in extensive damage to the roof. A Denver roofing contractor can provide advice on how to prevent extreme heat damage and how to repair the damages that have already occurred.

Long term damage can cause the roof to fail well before it should. If the roof is not maintained or repaired as new damages occur, the shingles may begin to curl, become discolored or even crack. If the heat becomes extreme enough, the shingle adhesive that provides an extra seal between the shingle and the underlayment or roof deck can loosen. Eventually, water can enter through the cracks and the weakened seal. If the problem becomes severe enough, the homeowner is at risk for experiencing damage to the home's structure.

There are several ways that damages caused by extreme heat can be avoided. First, it is imperative that the attic has a working ventilation system. The mere presence of vents is generally not sufficient.

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The ventilation system should pull fresh air in and move hot, stale air out. This prevents the attic from overheating and causing heat damage to the roof from below. Because soffits are typically located in shaded areas, they pull in cooler air. A ridge vent that lines the entire roof peak allows hot air to easily escape.

Regular roof inspections need to take place every year for homes that experience extreme weather. Homeowners can keep an eye on their roof themselves by routinely walking around the perimeter of the home. Using binoculars, they should look for shingles that may be cracking or that may be pulling away from the roof. Homeowners should also check to see the condition of the flashing and look for mineral granules that may be spread along the ground. All of these things can indicate that the roof has sustained some type of damage.

While routine homeowner inspections are a great to catch signs of early damage before they become real problems, an expert roofer should be called to do a full inspection of both the roof and the attic at least once a year. There are many signs that the roof has become damaged, and these signs may not always be visible to the homeowner. By scheduling regular inspections, hidden problems can be mitigated so that the roof will last longer.

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