How to Protect Your Roof from the Summer Heat

Summer is here, and it’s getting hotter every day! People use sunblock to protect their skin from the sun’s UV rays, but did you know that the sun can also damage your roof? Asphalt shingles are the most susceptible to this type of damage. Here are some signs of damage to look for, as well as a couple of solutions to minimize sun damage.

Things to Watch For:

a damaged shingle roofMissing, cracked, or warped shingles. Spring storms might have left your shingle roof looking patchy or warped. The sun’s rays also decimate the oil that keeps shingles supple, so they dry out over time, leaving them brittle and inflexible. This causes cracks and curled edges.

Fading color. Shingles will fade over time, and when they fade unevenly, it doesn’t look good. You could get by with spray-painting the roof to return it to an even color, but fading could be a sign of more severe sun damage.

Gaps in the roofing. A heat-damaged roof can sometimes pull away from the metal flashing surrounding your chimney and gutters. This is due to expansion (when it’s hot outside) and constriction (when it gets cold).

Possible Solutions:

Protective roof coatings. A roof coating for flat or low-sloped roofs can be a powerful protective barrier between your roof and the sun’s damaging rays. Roof coatings come in several forms, from liquid-applied to rolled out and heat-sealed.

A different roofing material. Metal roofs and tile roofs don’t have the same sun-related problems that asphalt roofs do. It could be time to look into these tough, environmentally-friendly alternatives.

Get a professional opinion. If your roof has gone several years without an inspection, hire someone with a trained eye to climb up and give it a thorough evaluation. If you can see sun damage from the ground, it’s definitely time to have a pro come out and take a look. They can also repair the damage and tell you how to properly maintain your roof all year long.

We are always happy to help, so give us a call when your roof needs an inspection, repairs, or replacement!