Summer may be officially out until next year, but that doesn’t mean your roofing damage suddenly disappears as well. It’s the extreme summer and winter seasons that do the most harm to your commercial roofing system, and your roof could be suffering from summer damage right now. Having these damages repaired now will allow you peace of mind that your roofing system will remain strong and functional all throughout the fall and deep into the winter season. If you only have your commercial roof inspected twice per year, it’s after the summer and after the winter you’ll want to make sure you prioritize your inspections.
Without repairing summertime roofing damage, you could face serious consequences in the fall and winter months. A weakened roofing system meeting the leaves and debris of the fall can lead to leaks, material breakdown, and mold growth, while allowing these damages to linger into the winter can result in even worse consequences. Talking to a professional roofing contractor about a post-summer roofing inspection is a great idea for any business owner looking to maximize the lifespan of their roofing structure.
What Damages Does Summer Cause?
The importance of post-summer roofing inspections is apparent once you learn just what summer weather can do to your roof. Some common summer roofing damages include:
- Damage from UV rays – The sun’s UV rays are strongest in the summer, which is why you’re more likely to get a sunburn from a short period of time outside in July than you would be in February. Your commercial roofing system is resting in the sun day in and day out for the entirety of the season. These UV rays will dry the oils in your roofing materials, leaving them dry, brittle, and lacking the strength they may have had at the start of the season. This leaves your roof more susceptible to serious damages.
- Heat damage – During a 90 degree summer day, the heat up on your roof can be as high as 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This speeds up the process caused by UV rays, and causes your roof to lose strength and flexibility. Even during a mild summer, your roof can experience significant heat damage.
- Thermal shock – It’s not rare for a summer day to reach the 90’s, while summer nights rest in the 70’s, particularly during the later summer months. This causes your roof to expand and contract, otherwise known as “thermal shock”. Thermal shock can cause strain on your roofing system, leading to gaps and cracks all throughout your commercial roof.
Getting Your Roofing System Prepared
Getting your roofing system prepared after the summer season takes a professional hand. With a professional roofing contractor on your side, you can rest assured that your roof will continue to be strong and prepared all throughout these harsh weather seasons. If you’re looking for a roofing contractor ready to inspect your post-summer roof, contact us at Gulf Tex Roofing and Services to learn more about what we can do for you today.