Roof Maintenance for the Summer Heat

Imagine a hot summer day and just how brutal it can be to spend a few hours outdoors in the sweltering heat. Now add 50 degrees to that and you’re beginning to simulate the plight of the traditional black colored roof. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average roof can absorb so much heat that it maintains a temperature 50 degrees Fahrenheit above the air temperature. Now you may be thinking that it doesn’t really impact you, but the hotter your roof gets the hotter your home gets. Some of that heat is transferred inside, which raises your costs for air conditioning or makes you less comfortable if you don’t crank up the cooler air.

You should start the process of maintaining your roof during the spring because there’s more than just heat to worry about. You’ve also got to deal with the increased amount of rain that can pour down upon your home during the spring and summer. Depending on where you live, you could have severe thunderstorms or even tornados to deal with in the summer or tropical storms or hurricanes in the late summer and early fall.

Clean the gutters and trim the trees around the house

Gutters can be easily clogged up with leaves, branches, dirt, and various debris from storms. That can lead to clogs in your gutters, which are bad news for your roof. When your gutter isn’t draining properly, rain water can build up and seep underneath your shingles or roof surface. That can cause damage to your home and necessitate costly repairs.

In addition, if any trees are close to encroaching upon your roof or hanging over it, you should trim them back. They could snap off during a storm and damage your roof or clog your gutters. In addition, if the tree grows enough to lean against the roof surface, it can cause some damage.

Roof-Cooling options

If you are noticing that heat from your roof is causing your interior temperature to rise too much, there are a number of options that you could use in order to keep it cooler. One of the basic options is to get a roof misting system. This will occasionally spray a thin layer of water on your roof, which will cool the roof off when it evaporates. An alternative is to spray your roof down manually with a hose, but this can be difficult and time consuming.

Other options include adding a coating onto your existing roof, which will help to resist the absorption of so much heat. If your roof is in good condition and made of the proper materials, this can be a great option.