The Effects of Heat & Humidity on Your Roofing System

The cold months are ending, and, before we know it, spring will be here. While it is an exciting season, your roof may eventually feel the effects of heat and humidity. Most roofing systems are designed to withstand the elements, but constant exposure to direct sunlight and moisture can lead to damage.

Effects of Humidity on Your Roofing System

Here’s how heat and humidity can damage a roof and how you can prevent these issues.

Moisture on the Roof

The roof’s excessive sun exposure causes heat to get trapped inside the attic. With the presence of moisture, mold and mildew can form and multiply, diminishing the strength of wood components like the joists, rafters and the sheathing or decking. This issue must be dealt with immediately because it poses both a safety and health risk.

The Damaging Effects of Heat

Heat damage can directly impact the roof’s vulnerable wooden components. Expansion and contraction may happen, which can lead to cracks and gaps that allow water to seep into your home. This can result in mold and mildew problems – as well as higher humidity levels. Aside from the heat inside the attic, the heat rising from the interior can cause the roof to develop weak spots and the shingles to curl and shrink.

Keeping the Roof Safe From Humidity

Keeping your roof in tiptop shape through routine maintenance is vital to keep it safe from heat and humidity. You can minimize the effects of both these issues by making sure your system is properly ventilated. Otherwise, condensation and other signs of moisture damage may occur. Timely repairs are also a must. This way, you avoid costly fixes in the future that can lead to premature replacement. 

If you find yourself in need of quality roof repair and roof installation services due to heat and humidity, turn to The Roofing Company. Schedule a FREE consultation by giving us a call at (970) 887-0104 or by completing our contact form. We serve homeowners in Aspen, CO, and the surrounding communities.