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During summertime heat waves, many homeowners are concerned about the heat's effects on their electricity bill or the health of their grass. Another unwelcome result of excessive heat is damage that can take place on the rooftop. A home's roof may experience a considerable amount of damage depending on the duration and frequency of the heat waves. Experienced Northern Kentucky roofers can do an inspection to check whether a home's roof has any heat damage after being exposed to high temperatures.

One of the first issues that develops due to hot air on a roof is a loss of cohesion between the exterior layer of shingles or tiles and the roofing felt or underlayment. When the materials separate from one another, it provides an easy entryway for water to make its way underneath and into the wooden decking. Over time, this can lead to a roof leak. Related problems can occur with the caulking that helps seal a roof's flashing to the shingles. Heat dries out the caulk and causes it to separate from the roof.

Another common heat-related issue is curling of asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles react in a particular way to intense heat exposure.

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The chemical reactions between the asphalt and other materials in the shingles cause the edges to curl up and away from the neighboring shingles. The curling process is most extreme with black shingles because they absorb the greatest amount of heat from the sun. This movement may cause the nails to come loose, which will allow the shingles to lift even further when there is a gust of wind or a strong storm. When the shingles are curled, they do not provide enough protection from the elements, so they will most likely need to be replaced.

Homeowners might also notice cracking on their exterior roofing materials. Wood shakes may split at the middle all the way through the thickness of the cedar or redwood. Rubber roofing tiles can also crack due to heat exposure. Because rubber is black, a rubber roof is at an especially high risk for cracking and other types of heat damage.

Shingles may also develop bubbles from intense heat. The bubbling is caused by an interaction of heat and moisture on the roof, which can occur when there is a brief thunderstorm or rain shower during the hot summer months. When the raindrops land on a hot roof, the sudden evaporation of moisture causes the blister. Blistered areas may lose their granules, causing them to be less effective at preventing leaks.

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