Just because it isn’t winter, it doesn’t mean your roof is safe from compromise. A roof is something that requires consistent maintenance throughout the year – even in summer. We know this all too well at Industrial Roofing Contractors, and our years of experience has helped us to identify the most common summer roofing problems in Philadelphia.
Depending on the age of your roof, the sun’s rays can significantly impact the state of your roof. Given Philadelphia’s extreme summer heat, this could pose a big problem for homeowners there. Shingle roofing, for example, can dry out and crack, and will eventually need to be replaced should the damage reach such an extent that they fall off or break.
Flat roofing too, depending on the material with which it is made, may suffer cracks and warps. This is why it’s best to get your roofing service provider to do regular inspections on your roof so that damages can be fixed immediately.
Algae and moss growth
Never underestimate the harm these seemingly harmless growths can cause. If left unchecked, moss and algae can spread to the point of damaging your roof’s structure and even the structure beneath. Professional roofers will be able to tell you when the growth has reached that point where intervention is required.
Gutters should be monitored regardless of the seasons, but summer is the best time to assess leakages and damages to your gutters, and we recommend replacing them as soon as you identify any issues. It’s important to note that if this isn’t dealt with hastily, it can and will directly impact the health of your roof by contributing to water and debris build-up, which can become problematic. This threat is more serious with flat roofs, where the lack of incline means there is an added reliance on properly functioning gutters to avoid water build-up.
The summertime is rife for all types of animals to find a new home – and your roof may just be the perfect dwelling. Birds, cats and squirrels are perhaps the most common culprits, with a range of insects also finding the space ample breeding ground. While it may seem harmless, over time, they can present problems as their weight may impact your roof’s health. Best to contact your local wildlife experts or excavators (for insects) to have them safely removed.
Summer in Philadelphia is the perfect time to give all those leaks a thorough assessment. The dryer weather makes them easier to identify, and more importantly, fix them up. We suggest getting your local Philadelphia roofing service provider in during the summer to assess all potential damage and advise on the best way forward, rather than addressing the problem in winter.