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If you live in San Diego, you know that extreme weather conditions are quite normal. There are over 100 days in a year when the weather is above 90 degrees and there is also an average rainfall of 15 inches of rain every year. These weather conditions could damage and destroy your roof in no time. We have put this post together to help you learn about the elements of Sand Diego’s climate and how they can affect your roof.
The temperature affects your roof in every way, beginning with the materials used to make your roof, and including the installation and maintenance of that roof.
Temperature can make your asphalt shingles crack and wear out over a period, especially when it is extremely hot or cold. When you experience common temperature fluctuations, it is important to have an expert inspect your shingles once in five years.
Asphalt membranes, tiles, and metal roofs become less durable once they are faced with extreme temperature conditions over a long time.
Humidity in San Diego is another thing that can affect your roof maintenance. When humidity levels are high, mildew and mold can grow on your roof, and it eventually causes leaks over time.
Whenever you see mildew or mold growing on your roof or around your house, you ought to take it away, not only because they are bad to look at, but because they seriously weaken your roof’s structure and damage your roofing materials, beginning by discoloring your shingles.
When mildew and mold have weakened your roofing materials, your roof becomes more prone to damage from heavy winds, rains, and other conditions, and before you know it, they start to break.
Sun exposure is one of the most damaging things for your roof, and this is because ultraviolet (UV) rays pose major damage to your roof and shingles. When your shingles are exposed to extreme sun, they curl sideways or upwards and then they eventually dry out.
No roof is safe from the damage that comes from sun exposure; not even metal roofs because they can also rust corrode, and leak, even though they take a longer time to get damaged.
However, you can protect your roof against UV damage to leave it standing for a long time.
No matter the roof you have, it isn’t waterproof, which means that water can get into your roof and damage your ceilings, walls, and attics once there is a hole or a crack.
Apart from rainfalls, when the weather is very hot in San Diego, especially between May and September, the heat makes condensation gather in the insulation and air ducts of your house and makes them damp from moisture. The moisture causes molds to grow on the wooden frames surrounding the halls of your house. If you don’t do anything about them, they cause structural damage over time.
It is important to note that several other things can cause mold growth apart from leaks and water damage, but you should look out for them.
When you get more than the expected amount of rainfall every year, you can consider getting an irrigation system or improving roof usage and maintenance.
Regular roof maintenance is a sure way to keep your roof free from any damage so that you don’t need to replace it earlier than you ought to. Ensuring that your gutters remain in good shape and working condition is also important to make sure water drains off your roof the way it should.
Despite the unpredictability of the weather, preparing for harsh conditions helps with protecting your roof against whatever weather situations you may face. The quality of the materials used and the skillset of the roofers who perform the installation will determine the time that your roof can withstand the San Diego weather. A newly installed metal roof by Gen819 Roofing & Solar can last up to 50 years. Contact us today for a free estimate and to get your questions answered by one of our roofing specialists.
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