A Lack of Rain can Wreck Havok On Your Roof
A seemingly endless supply of sunny days may be great for you, but they could seriously damage your roof. Without variations in weather such as rain or cloud coverage, your roof is constantly being exposed to damaging heat and solar rays. Learn more about how a lack of rainfall can dry out and damage your roof, and what that could mean for you when rain finally does come.
The Basics of Sun Damage
When exposed to long-term sun and heat, your shingles take on most of the damage. That is, after all, what they’re there for. But too much sun can wear down the protections built into your shingles, leaving the rest of your roof vulnerable.
Too Much Sun Can Lead To:
- Cracked shingles
- Lost Shingles
- Damaged underlayment
What Happens When Rain Finally Arrives
After a long drought, the first rain can feel like a big relief – but not for your roof. The cracks and flaws in your shingles that developed during the dry spell mean that your roof is especially vulnerable to water damages, and you could find yourself dealing with a serious leak. Plus, your roof will be vulnerable to thermal shock, a phenomenon that occurs when the temperatures your roof is exposed to fluctuate. As your roof was heated during the dry period, certain materials expanded. When suddenly cooled down by rain, those materials rapidly shrink, causing splitting, cracking, and other damages.
Get Your Roof Checked While the Sun Is Out
As JFK said, “the best time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining”. It’s important to address sun damage before another weather phenomenon has the opportunity to take advantage of it. Before the dry spell ends, it’s important to get your roof evaluated and maintained to repair heat damage and ensure that additional damages won’t occur when the sun stops shining.
Inspect for Weaknesses Before the Weather Changes
Contact a professional roofer as soon as possible to inspect and evaluate your roof. While there are things that you can do to inspect your roof on your own, only a professional roofer can thoroughly and safely detect the small flaws and weaknesses that your roof accumulates during long periods of sun exposure. Additionally, a professional roofer will be able to provide repairs and maintenance for any issues found during the inspection.
It’s important to get your roof inspected and repaired now, because once the rain starts, working on your roof becomes much harder. Sunny days are the ideal time to work on your roof, as there’s no risk of moisture getting trapped and the safety hazards involved are minimal.
To get your roof inspected, evaluated, and repaired by trained experts, contact Lyons Roofing! Reach out to us online or give us a call at (520) 447-2522 today to schedule your appointment!