Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?

By ,  Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

hot weatherIt's Hot Out There

Roofing projects are more dependent on weather conditions than any other construction. Your roof is constantly exposed to the elements, and even if plastic tarps or other protective measures are used, weather is a major player in the type of roofing you should select, how it's installed and can affect the installation schedule itself. If you are planning a roofing project in hot weather, there are a few key factors you need to keep in mind.

Scarring

A common type of roofing material is the basic asphalt shingle. These shingles do not always respond well to hot temperatures. Specifically, the granules on the surface of the shingles may lose their bonding qualities under intense heat. Walking on the shingles or handling them roughly can then result in lost or shifted granules.  This loss or shifting of granules is known as scarring. This is one reason that hot climates are more suitable for alternative materials, such as concrete or clay tile.

Rain

Rain may not be a problem you associate with hot weather, but in many climates the two are closely connected. Summer heat is often a precursor to thunderstorms especially in the humid, hot areas of Texas. Installing roofing in this heat can lead to problems with rain several hours later, even if you manage to cover the roof with tarps. The weight of the water, the effects of the moisture and problems with wind can all damage a vulnerable roof. It is best to wait until the weather forecast is clear and the heat has died down rather than rush a roofing project.

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