Florida summers are famous for their hot, humid, and sunny days. But nobody talks about the roof damage that the sun can cause. Most of the damage to roofs happens over a long period of time so it can be hard to spot. It’s unlikely a week-long heat wave isn’t going to have any lasting impact on your roof. That being said, a decade’s worth of heat, UV radiation, thermal shock, and storms can cause your roof to eventually fail.
That’s why it’s important to keep up with your roof maintenance. Keeping a well-maintained roof is the best way to combat any and all roof damage. At Destin Roofing, we want your roof to receive the best care possible and for you to be well-informed on how to make sure that your roof lasts as long as possible. Read on to learn more about potential sun damage your roof could endure, and our recommendations to combat these issues.
Heat & Thermal Shock
A little bit of heat is nothing new for Florida roofing. But what about decades of heat? That dark colors of your roof absorb the heat. High temperatures from summer heat, can accelerate the chemical process, causing your roof to break down more quickly. One way to prevent this from happening to your roof is proper attic ventilation. Having proper attic ventilation helps prevent that heat build and limits condensation.
Thermal shock is when there is a sharp fluctuation in temperature. It can cause damage to a lot of different materials. The transition from daytime Florida heat to the cool Floridian nights can cause damage to the materials on your roof and create structural integrity issues.
Florida is notorious for crazy summer storms. The winds and precipitation of these storms can create issues with your roof’s integrity. We recommend having your roof inspected in the spring, before storm seasons starts. This way, if there are any problems with your roof, they can be addressed before the storms come. After a storm, excessive debris that has fallen on your roof can lead to roofing problems. Even if the debris isn’t heavy enough to cause a roofing collapse, debris can clog gutters and drainage zones on your roof, leading to a build-up of standing water. When this happens, a costly roof leak can occur if not resolved quickly.
Long summer days mean long periods of UV exposure to our roofs. Part of your roof’s defense against moisture are the oils in your shingles. When the sun’s UV rays dry out these oils, your shingles can become dried-out and lose their waterproofing abilities. Your roof is exposed to UV rays every day, even when the sky is overcast. Constant UV exposure creates a number of problems including but not limited to, wood bleaching, causing it to weaken and crack, important oils to dissipate, and asphalt shingles to crack. Destin Roofing recommends having your roof seasonally inspected to ensure that your shingles are in proper order.
Contact Us Today
At Destin Roofing, we care about your home’s roof. After all, it is the first line of defense against the elements to keep your loved ones safe inside. If you’re looking for high-quality roofing professionals, look no further than Destin Roofing. With services for the entire gulf coast area, you’re sure to be in good hands all year long. Contact us today to schedule your roof inspection!