Texas summers are hot, humid, and often feel like they will last forever. In fact, three of the state’s cities (San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas) are in AccuWeather.com’s list of the top 10 hottest cities in the US! Now that the scorching heat is upon us, it’s time to pay attention to the thing that keeps your business shielded from the sun: your roof.
There is a bit of a problem, though, as according to meteorologists from the Harris County Flood District, the period of flash floods and surprise storms isn’t over yet. They said Texans should expect more of these storms to happen in the coming weeks.
So, while your roofing system may have survived the cold winter and brutal storms of spring, and is now ready for the sun’s intense heat, you may need to take a second look to identify roof problems that could aggravate the effects of future hurricanes.
Learn about common summer problems and how to deal with them below:
Although you may not notice any leaks reaching your ceiling, it doesn’t mean that your roof is perfectly fine. Inspect your roof’s trusses in your attic for any mold or rotting. If you find any, it’s possible that your roof may have been leaking for quite some time now.
Ask someone to pour water on the roof using a hose while someone stands under the attic ceiling. This way, you can pinpoint where the leak is coming from and how many leaks there are.
Seal up the leaks with some urethane roof cement. If your business’ building uses shingles, sandwich a piece of sheet metal flashing between the area of the leak and the shingles to prevent future leaks temporarily.
But after doing so, it’s best to call a roofing contractor to inspect and repair the issue for good.
Moss often shows up on the roof during summer, especially if your landscape has tall trees that keep your roof shaded and leave branches and sticks over it. Add some rainfall into the mix, and you have the perfect environment for these spore-bearing plants to thrive and cause damage to your roofing.
You can prevent this by trimming and pruning such trees regularly. Upgrading your roof’s draining system also helps, as it prevents water from pooling and causing moss to grow.
If it’s too late and you see patches of green, get rid of them by scrubbing them off with a brush or a pressure washer.
If this doesn’t work, get some heavy-duty moss remover from the nearest cleaning supply store and spray it on the affected area. Let it sit for an hour or so, wash it off with some water, and your roof’s good to go.
Apart from providing shade, your roof also protects your commercial space from the sun by insulating it. The insulation material doesn’t only keep in the warmth during winter, but it even staggers heat from entering your building in the summer.
If you feel that your place is warmer than usual, despite having the same temperature since last year, it may be time to replace the fluffy foam material lining your roof.
If you want maximum heat resistance, spray foam insulation (SPF) is the best choice. Apart from adequately insulating your building, it also reflects sunlight and makes your roof more resilient against strong winds and rainfall.
The scathing Texas heat is back, and it’s coupled by possible hurricanes. Get your roof ready for both weather conditions by following these tips. Once you’ve prepared your roofing system to take on the elements, it will be business as usual for you and your employees, no matter the weather.
Get Your Roof Insulated by Professionals
Your roof is your business’ first line of defense against the elements. Every part of it, including its insulation, should be maintained by professionals.
Here at A&L Foam Insulation, Inc., we provide expert spray foam insulation services in Irving and Dallas, Texas. Our SPF installation process doesn’t involve removing your old roofing system. You can expect little to no disruption to your everyday business operations.
We’re also certified to install all major spray foam insulation brands in the United States, so you can rest easy knowing your roof is in good hands.
Contact us today to keep your roof durable and useful.