As the summer days continue, so do the scorching temperatures in the Columbia and Lexington areas, which means that your home’s roofing system could be susceptible to roof damage caused by consistent, excessively high summer temperatures. Roofing materials can deteriorate after years of exposure to exceptionally high temperatures and this heat exposure can play a major role in the wear and tear of your roofing system. Normally this type of roof damage will take years to occur, however it is important to address any roofing damage as soon as possible to protect your home and avoid unnecessary costly roofing repairs.

Unless the necessary precautions are taken in a timely manner, roofing materials can change their structure due to consistent heat exposure. Asphalt shingles, which are the most popular roofing material used in the Columbia and Lexington areas, can begin to disintegrate after they are repeatedly exposed to extremely high temperatures. This heat exposure may cause the roof shingles to lose the qualities that make them the ideal roofing material for use on your roof. Asphalt roofing shingles can become hard and brittle. When the asphalt roofing shingle becomes stiff and brittle it may begin to crack creating a path allowing moisture to pass through the roof and into the wooden frame of your home.

Educating yourself to the signs of roofing heat damage can help you spot a problem before it becomes an emergency repair. When looking at your roofing shingles you should look closely for bubbles, cracking, and lost granules. If you can see the shingle’s granules blowing off your roof during a gust of wind, then your roof may have been damaged by the heat.

Your first step to protecting your roof from summer heat damage is a timely roof inspection from your local professional roofer. It is important to have a professional, licensed roofer inspect your home’s roof to ensure that it has been installed properly and that your attic space is properly structured to allow heat to escape without building up and causing damage to your roof.

While asphalt roofing shingles may be more vulnerable to heat damage than some other roofing materials, with a properly vented attic, asphalt shingle roofs are ideal for use on most homes. The shingles serve two purposes.  One is appearance.  The type of roofing shingle you choose will impact the appearance of your home. But, more importantly, the shingles bear the full brunt of the weather’s abuse on your roof. It is important to recognize torn, missing, and damaged roof shingles so they can be repaired in a timely manner.  Asphalt shingles can outlast any homeowner’s expectations when they are well maintained and small roofing repair jobs are completed when needed.

Sands Roofing and Construction is the local roofing company near you that you can always depend on for quality roofing repairs and roofing replacement. We have experience in providing exceptional roofing services. Sands Roofing and Construction serves the Columbia, Lexington, and surrounding areas. We can answer your roofing questions. Give us a call at 1.803.520.6154.