A Las Vegas summer is quite unforgiving, and the intense heat, UV radiation, and summer storms can have a huge impact on the longevity and performance of your roof. While not much can be done about the weather, you can make sure your roof lasts as long as possible with diligent care and maintenance. Here are the most common causes of roof damage you may experience during the summer months:Heat Damage
High temperatures can be especially problematic for any asphalt-based roof, such as shingle roofs. The asphalt compounds will soften during the heat of the day, making them more prone to damage from wind, hail, debris impact, or foot traffic. Additionally, the hot days combined with cooler nights allow all types of roofing materials to expand and contract, possibly causing cracks, warping, loose fasteners and other damage.
The strong summer sun also contains plenty of UV radiation, which can destroy plastics, break down protective roof coatings, dry out rubber and strip the oils out of asphalt materials like shingles. With time, this damage can accumulate, reducing your roof’s protection from the elements and leaving your roofing materials dry, rotten, or cracked.
With the extreme heat near the ground and cooler air in the atmosphere, summer storms in Las Vegas can be intense, especially during monsoon season. Between the high winds, hail, rain, and storm-driven debris, significant damage to your roof can occur. Asphalt shingles can be cracked or torn off, flashing can be punctured or ripped away, and water can overwhelm the gutters, leaking into unexpected areas.
Although Las Vegas may be quite arid, inside your home is a different story. Activities like cooking, cleaning, and bathing can produce plenty of humidity, and if it is not removed properly by your air conditioning system, it can migrate into the attic and affect the roof deck. With time, the wood framing and sheeting can rot, especially if roof leaks are also present. Once the roof deck is damaged, the entire roof will likely need to be replaced.
Stay Ahead of Roof Damage With Annual Las Vegas Roof Inspections
Regular roof inspections and maintenance can help minimize the impact of summer weather on your roof and catch any problems early before serious leaks or damage occur. At First Quality Roofing & Insulation, we offer roof inspections, roof maintenance, and roof repairs throughout the Las Vegas area, including Henderson, Mesquite, Pahrump, and beyond. Call 702-262-7847 or contact us online to schedule your free roof inspection today!