Summer is just around the corner – hurray! While most of us will be welcoming the sunshine with open arms (and open toe sandals), the summer months can unfortunately be tough on roofs. With potential problems, such as sun damage and blistering, which will only get worse in the winter, it’s important to tackle any roofing issues as soon as you can. The question is – what should you look out for? Keep reading for 6 common summer roofing problems…

  1. Sun damage (also known as solar damage)

Overexposure to UV rays can cause roofing materials to deteriorate at a faster rate. Old, damaged tiles can even fall off – leaving sections without protection. Whilst it’s bright outside this may seem like something you can ignore but once winter comes around your roof will be open to the elements. Basically, it will cause more damage than it’s worth.

  1. Summer heat

If the temperature gauge starts to hit those double figures, it’ll soon take its toll on your roof. You’ll notice concrete tiles crumbling and cracking. Again, this leaves your home unprotected and can cause problems further down the line. It can be easily rectified either by replacing the affected tiles or – in more severe cases – with a roof replacement.

  1. Moss growth

The fast growth of algae, mould and moss can also be a big issue for property owners in the summer. Moss causes a problem because of potential moisture damage, which eventually rots the underlying wood. If the moss isn’t removed quickly, it will require a full treatment system.

  1. Birds, pests and nests

During the hot summer months, bees, wasps and birds take up space in high places – namely roofs. It’s worth checking if you have any extra guests, as most professionals won’t disturb them to fix your roof. If that’s the case, you may need to tackle roofing work outside of the spring and summer months. Bird nests and infestations can also create structural issues and even bigger problems like roof fires. To avoid damage, it’s important to get this under control quickly and effectively.

  1. Ventilation

If your loft doesn’t have adequate ventilation you may come across a few problems this summer. Hot air rises and if it’s trapped in your loft it can causes excess moisture. This creates problems for not only your loft but also the structure of your roof – shortening the lifespan dramatically.

  1. Unpredictable weather

The sun is shining but it doesn’t always last, does it? That’s why in the UK it’s important to be prepared for everything the weather throws at you. If you have damaged tiles either from moisture problems, mould or heat it can quickly get worse when the weather changes. High wind can lift up damaged tiles and stormy rains can cause problematic leaks. Avoid further damage by staying ahead and preparing your home for next winter.

Need help?

Whether it’s moss removal, tile repairs or simply a thorough inspection, no roof work should be attempted without professional training. At DPR Roofing in Wakefield, we have a team of expert roofers that are fully trained with over 30 years’ experience. From tiles that have been damaged in the summer sun to full-scale roof replacements, we’re up to the job. Get in touch today for your no obligation quote.