Shingles are prone to serious damage during the summer months. Excessive rains, direct sunlight, high humidity, and moss growth could weaken roofing materials. Use the tips below to address common concerns before they become problematic.
Moisture and heat could cause shingles to crack, fade, or come loose from a rooftop. Humid conditions make shingles prone to moss growth too. If damages occur, they could lead to attic leaks and the need to have shingles replaced.
Before it gets hot outside, consult with a roofing contractor. A contractor will advise you on several preventive measures that will protect the shingles from unforeseen damages this summer.
An Inspection And Cleaning Process
Schedule a roofing inspection during the spring. A contractor will check the condition of the shingles. They will also determine if the shingles and gutter system need to be cleaned. Any excessive weight that is placed on the shingles or inside of shingle sections could break materials down prematurely.
Leaves and other debris that become trapped inside gutter sections could result in water not having a way to be routed from the top of the rooftop. The cleaning processes can also target moss growth. A pressure washer is often used to remove moss from shingles.
If problems with any of the roofing materials are discovered, the contractor will address them. They may request to inspect the attic too. The inspection of the attic will determine if any leaks are present.
A Roof Coating
Your contractor may recommend having an elastomeric coating added to the rooftop. This type of coating preserves the cleanliness of shingles and the strength of them. There are water-based and chemical-based elastomeric products that can be used to coat shingles.
Your contractor will describe the benefits of each type of coating. You will also be supplied with pricing details. Once an elastomeric coating is applied, it may not be necessary to have shingles cleaned or replaced as often as you are accustomed to.
Zinc carbonate is an alternate roofing product that will protect shingles and prevent discoloration. It will also prevent moss growth. Zinc carbonate strips provide protection whenever it rains. Strips are typically installed along the top of a sloped roof.
A nail gun is used to secure zinc carbonate strips. As zinc carbonate comes into contact with rainwater, the zinc carbonate and water will drip down the rooftop, providing the shingles with protection from moss, mold, and fungus growth.
To learn more, contact a roofing service in your area such as The Edge Contracting LLC.