Thermal Shock Damage To Roofs – How To Prevent And Fix The Affects
One of the biggest problems that can lead to serious damage and shorten the life of your flat roof is thermal shock. The terminology sounds a bit dramatic, but it is in fact, a simple problem caused by the weather and the changing seasons. So, what exactly is thermal shock?
Thermal shock is a problem that arises when different parts of the roof expand and contract at different rates in response to changes in the temperature. This happens because roofs are generally constructed using a wide variety of materials such as wood, steel, concrete or asphalt. Each of these materials responds differently to heat or cold. As a result, some will expand or contract more than others. This can put an uneven amount of stress on certain parts of the roof and in some cases can lead to cracks. These may be small at first, but if left untreated can lead to larger cracks and leaks and water penetration.
What can you do?
While there is nothing you can do to avoid the problem of thermal shock, you can take steps to minimise the damage. The key is good maintenance.
Sometimes, a maintenance plan will be put in place when a new roof is installed. If you don’t already have a plan you can simply arrange for a local roofing company to carry out regular checks. This means that any cracks or stress damage resulting from thermal shock will be spotted sooner rather than later. Doing the repairs at the earliest stage will be a lot less expensive in the long run than allowing the problem to continue.
Good maintenance can extend the life of your roof for decades which will save you both time and money in the long run by avoiding leaks and emergency call outs. Also, by scheduling regular maintenance, you can plan the most appropriate time to carry out the repairs. Certain products used in the repair and maintenance of roofs are sensitive to temperature. For example, some sealant does not work so well below certain temperatures. So, you would want to avoid having this kind of work done during a big freeze.
Arranging a Maintenance Plan
Your starting point will be to find a reliable fully qualified and insured contractor to visit your property. There are many to choose from. You will want to look for a company that has extensive experience of working on similar properties and is happy to take time to discuss your individual needs and requirements. At Active Roofing, we have years of experience in both residential and commercial properties as roofers in Dublin. We can offer expert advice on what you need to keep your roof in top condition. Once we have discussed your requirements, we can put a maintenance plan in place to ensure that the important work does not get overlooked and is completed by our skilled tradesmen to the highest standard.
So, to keep your roof in excellent condition for many years to come, get in touch and one of our expert team will be happy to discuss your requirements.