Summers in our area are hot! Many people don’t realize that the sun’s scorching heat can really take a toll on your roof. While we can jump in the pool or sit in the air conditioning to cool off, our roofs are exposed to the sun and humidity day in and day out with no relief. Not only can UV rays damage your skin, but they can also cause damage to the composition of your roof. Regular roof inspections are key for catching any damage early, but there are also some things you can do to protect your roof from summer’s scorching heat.
How the Sun’s Rays Can Damage Your Roof
It’s not only the relentless heat and moisture that cause damage to the composition of your roof. The fluctuating temperatures from hot to cold cause thermal shock which can also be damaging. This happens even in summer because your roof heats up from the scorching sun, and then gets cooled off rapidly when it rains.
Poor attic ventilation can contribute to the problem by causing moisture to sit on the roof instead of evaporating as it should. All of these factors can contribute to rotting, mold, and degradation of your roofing materials. If the problem goes unnoticed, leaks and expensive repairs are inevitable.
7 Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Roof from the Sun
Here’s what you can do to protect your roof from the sun and heat. Many of these steps will keep your house cooler and lower your energy bills, too!
We all know that black absorbs heat, and it’s no different for your roof. If you currently have dark asphalt shingles, consider changing them to a reflective, lighter-colored material such as PVC or tile. Not only will this material perform better, but it will also keep your whole house cooler.
Talk to your roofing company about sealing and coating your roof to protect it from damaging UV rays. It’s kind of like sunscreen for your roof! Sealing and coating the roof not only preserves your roofing material, but it also makes it more durable against heat and moisture.
Your roofing company can also install a vapor barrier to help moisture evaporate more quickly. This is a crucial step because it helps the surface area of your roof cool faster, which decreases condensation and potential moisture damage.
If you can’t afford to replace your shingles, you may be able to paint them white, so they reflect the sun better. Although it won’t be as efficient as an acrylic coating or changing to PVC or tile shingles, it will help to reflect heat and cool the surface temperature on your roof.
Acrylic polymer coatings can be applied to your roof to protect it from thermal shock. These liquid coatings form a thick, seamless barrier over your entire roof, improving its longevity and durability. They’re much thicker than house paint and they expand and contract as temperatures fluctuate. Acrylic coatings can be applied in white or earth-toned colors, which makes them fantastic for reflecting heat and reducing energy costs, too.
When it comes time for a new roof, consider choosing a green material, such as recycled tires. Not only are tires virtually indestructible to heat and moisture, but they will outlast just about any other roofing material. It’s a great way to look after the environment, too.
And finally, the most important thing is to be proactive about taking care of your roof. Seasonal inspections are crucial for staying on top of any damage. Repairs and maintenance should be addressed right away.
With proactive maintenance and repair, your roof will last for many years. Protecting it from the scorching sun and moisture are two of the most important things you can do to prevent damage. Seasonal inspections will alert you to potential problems before any damage becomes extensive and expensive repairs are required.
Elite Roofing can help you understand the most appropriate options for your roof and geographical location. We’re reachable at (201) 436-1011 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.