With a mild winter and minimal spring temperatures, summer-like heat has arrived in full force! With the sun and warm weather brings extreme heat to your homes roof. While you’re able to beat the heat with a dip in the pool or heading inside into the air conditioning, your roof isn’t so lucky. Those scorching UV’s can cause extensive damage to the material composition of your roof. For this reason, it’s important to have regular inspections to your roof to ensure it’s in the best condition. You always want to be proactive, instead of reactive, when it comes to the upkeep of your homes largest, and arguably, most important feature.
Hot summer weather causes roof deterioration, leading to leaks and failures. Powerful IR radiation and UV light from the sun is naturally to blame. The two of these elements combined can cause severe damage to a roof that does not have proper protection from the sun.
IR radiation causes temperature damage to your roof. During hot summer days, the sun’s radiation can heat the surface of the roof to 160º and then drop down to 90º overnight. This huge temperature fluctuation causes the roof to expand and contract significantly. This process can cause flashings and fasteners to loosen and pop off.
UV light dries the roof surface out, causing cracks. The cracks and other break-downs of materials can create failure across the entire roof.
Tips for Preventing Sun Damage
- Seal and coat your roof to protect against UV rays.
- Install vapor barriers that decrease moisture.
- Apply periodic acrylic coatings to sustain your roof from thermal shock.
- Be proactive with repairs and maintenance.
Having roofing issues and need an inspection? Call on your Jacksonville roofing company at ACrownRoofing. We’re happy to come out, inspect your roof and provide you with a free estimate.