The role of a roofing contractor in home maintenance is undeniable. It’s true that every part of the house is important but the roof has a prominent function: it’s your primary shield from the elements of weather. That’s why it should receive adequate attention.


The roof of a house is designed to withstand a considerable amount of punishment. If properly selected, installed, and maintained, they can last for a long time. They are not without limits, though. Like with many other things, the roof cannot escape the effects of time. Couple that with the toll weather elements take and the roof will eventually need repairs or even replacement.

Heat from the Sun

According to the U.S. Climate Data, cities within the San Francisco Bay Area such as Menlo Park receive hours of sunshine peaking from May to July and still relatively high during the months near that period. As such, the roof of homes in the said area only have a little break from the heat of the sun.

Over time, heat breaks down roofing material. Such is considered natural wear and tear. Just keep in mind that the heat can weaken the material, i.e. make it more vulnerable to damages. So, it’s a good practice to inspect your roof after long spells of sunny weather.

Days of Rain

The Bay Area has lower amounts of annual rainfall than the national average. Rainfall is not completely absent so you have to pay attention when it does come. Combined with the weakening effects of the sun’s heat during the hot months, even a slight drizzle can leave moisture that will seep through the worn parts of the roof. Moisture can lead to mold buildup, wood rot, and structural compromise.

Blowing Winds

As pointed out by Angie’s List, wind can blow off loose shingles exposing the material underneath. When this happens, the roof may face structural deterioration. Wind also carries dust and other kinds of small debris that can add to the wear and tear of the roof.

With these weather effects, you should regularly inspect your roof for signs of damages. You should occasionally have a professional inspect the roof as well since some damages just aren’t noticeable to the untrained eye. If repairs or re-roofing is needed, have it done as soon as possible by expert roofers such as Shelton Roofing.


Climate San Francisco – California, U.S. Climate Data

Common roofing problems, Angie’s List