Californian roofs are under increasing pressure with every record-breaking summer heatwave. Roofs that were meant to last for years to come are now deteriorating rapidly because they were not designed to withstand excess heat. You may not even notice that the roof has been damaged until it starts to rain, and then suddenly you have a lot of water dripping through your ceiling. As well as posing a risk to the property, water damage can threaten your health by exposing you to the risks of mold growth and fire caused by water contacting electric wires. Understanding why your home is at risk from roof damage during the summer months can help you to avoid a very expensive roof leak repair when you need help from California Roofing Pros.
Increased Temperatures Damaging Roofs
The summer months have increased in temperature several times in the last few years, and the intense heat can last for weeks without variation. In recent years, for example, Arizona has seen temperatures of 100+ degrees for 60 days without relief, and Southern California suffered a similar disaster: “the region has already witnessed several over-120-degree days” according to Erin Vaughan writing for Architizer. This is more than just a human problem – your roof is having to take the full force of these excessively warm days. With a heatwave like the ones described, it is no surprise that roofs can crack and start to crumble simply due to excessive dryness and deterioration occurs. Just like the sidewalk will be damaged by the heat, so tiling and man-made roofing materials can be, too. It is common for heatwaves to be broken by heavy rains or thunder, so your roof may receive even more damage at that point, too.
Signs Your Roof Has Been Damaged By Hot Weather
One of the clearest signs that your roof has been damaged by the weather is a buildup of brick granules in your gutters and drainpipes. This gritty material means that your tiles are crumbling, and are no longer a stable substance. Although minor grit should not be a problem, if you notice a greatly increased amount in your gutters after a heatwave, or your gutters become blocked with larger granules, then you should start to examine your tiles or shingles. If they look misshapen, or are clearly damaged, then you need to reach out to the experts and ask them to repair your roof as soon as possible.
Brittle Shingles And Other Signs Of Damage
Another clear sign of damage to your singles is signs of cracking, often in many areas along a tile. This means that they have been in direct sunlight for a long period, and the material has dried out. This is common in tiles which are made of clay or concrete and may also be a sign that your asphalt shingles will need to be replaced. Regardless of the age of your roof, if you spot these problems then you will need to replace the tiles as soon as possible.
When A Roof Leak Repair Is Urgent
You may not notice any of the signs of roof damage until your ceiling starts to drip. This is a common problem with tiles that have been exposed to excessive heat, and then have to cope with much colder weather during autumn and winter. While the heat loss is not as significant in California, it can still mean that your tiles start to leak condensation into your property. If you have recently bought the property, then you should speak to the seller of the house and ask them about previous damage to the roof. Sellers may be found liable if they don’t disclose leaks or roof damage during the sale, and you may be able to recover the costs of our roof replacement from the previous owners. We can assess the state of the roof and help you to decide whether this is a good option for your needs. To find out more about how we can help you with a roof leak repair or conduct a complete re-roofing of your property to remove damaged tiles, you should reach out to California Roofing Pros today, either by contacting us online, or by calling us at (323) 870-9149 now.