How Does The Sun Damage Your Roof – And What Can You Do About It?
Your roof can be damaged by lots of weather conditions, including the wind and the rain, but one factor that many homeowners don’t consider is the powerful rays of the sun.
If your roof is regularly exposed to hot sunny weather, this could have a significant effect on the tiles over a long period of time.
Here, we explain the two main way that the sun’s rays can damage a tiled roof and what you can do to prevent serious damage happening at your home.
The heat of the sun
If you live in a particularly hot part of the world, be aware that your roof is absorbing those blazing hot temperatures all the time. This causes many types of roof tile to dry out and lose their flexibility over time. The weatherproofing chemicals that protect your tiles will eventually dry up too. Once this happens, then your tiles are susceptible to weakening and ultimately dissolving.
When exposed to very hot temperatures followed by cold temperatures, the tiles can expand and contract. This will cause them loosen creating gaps where the rain could cause leaks that seriously damage other parts of your home.
The UV rays that come from the sun can have the same effect on roof tiles over a long period of time, especially when it comes to breaking the molecular structure of your roof. UV rays can intensify the damage done by the heat of the sun, even when it’s not particularly hot or even sunny. The sun’s UV rays can shine through the clouds, after all.
How can I protect the roof against sun damage?
If you suspect that your roof has become a victim of sun damage, because of cracked or misshapen tiles, for example, it is best to consult the top roofing company in your area to see what repairs need to be made.
It is best to do this as soon as you see the slightest sign of damage. Problems like this only get worse and time goes on and you’ll only end up paying more to fix bigger problems further down the road.
Don’t climb the roof and make a close inspection yourself as this is dangerous and could even cause more damage to the roof.
Horn Brothers are experts in roof repair and roof maintenance. Contact us today for more information and to receive a free consultation.