As we all know, the sun beams down the heat, energy, and ultraviolet rays. While your residential or commercial roof has been designed and installed to deal with a barrage of elements, the sun is enemy number one. Even on cloudy days, your roof is still susceptible to UV rays and the accompanying gradual wear-and-tear. While it doesn’t happen overnight, these invisible but pernicious UV rays break down the molecular structure of your roof slowly. In addition, these rays also magnify other damage caused by heat and temperature change.
Though made to withstand direct heat, roof tiles naturally dry out and lose their flexibility. And as the heat and other elements wreak havoc on your roof, the oils that are inside shingles and tiles begin to adapt by changing shape. Specific components of your roof, like the weatherproofing chemicals, wear away, weaken, and eventually dissolve. When this happens, your roof becomes susceptible to holes, leaks, and other structural issues. Below are some specific problems that are associated with sun damage.
Warping — Warped shingles are a common effect of sun damage. When shingles warp, they will look curled up or misshapen. For your roof shingles to be effective, they must lie completely flat. This prevents moisture from entering and the wind from causing further roof damage.
Splitting — Thermal splitting is easy to spot. As the name implies, it is when shingles show signs of cracks and tears. While this can come about for a number of reasons, sun damage and thermal expansion are two primary causes.
Crumbling — When shingles become cracked and dried, this can cause crumbling, which accelerates the decay of your roof. If you notice that your roof is missing chunks or have edges that are ragged, this is a sure sign that your roof has soaked up too much sun.
However, there are some steps that you can take to ensure that you catch minor problems caused by the sun before they become big, costly problems. Below are a few of the most effective protective measures.
ROOF INSPECTIONS. There is no better way to ensure the integrity of your roof than with regular roof inspections. Every few months, drag out your ladder, place it securely against your home, and head up on your roof for an inspection. Additionally, when performing your inspection, it is imperative that you tread cautiously (remember, walking on your roof can cause more damage than the sun and weather). If you don’t feel confident performing your inspection, don’t do it. Leave it up to us professional roofing contractors. We’re always ready to help!
ROOF REPAIRS. To slow down the decay of your roof, it is crucial to stay on top of inspections and roof maintenance. Making certain tasks, like clearing drains and repairing damaged flashing, can make all the difference to the long-term success of your roof. Keep in mind that, for the untrained eye, not all roof damages are glaringly apparent. If you are unsure about the condition and integrity of your roofing system, it’s best to have a professional local roofing company take a look. Professionals will be able to identify emerging problems before they cause serious damage. And in the end, paying a roofer to inspect and then repair is much cheaper than repairing a problem that only came to your attention after it seeped through the roof, attic, and into your home.
ROOF REPLACEMENTS. Whether it’s after 20 years of use or a massive hailstorm, no one wants to hear that their roof needs to be replaced. However, sometimes a full roof replacement is the smartest, most cost-effective solution. Plus, chances are that there is a roofing option out there that is stronger and longer lasting than your previous roof. As experienced roofing contractors, we can attest to this — industry advancements are allowing homeowners to get more out of their investment in a full roof replacement.
ALL WEATHER EXTERIORS WINNIPEG ROOFING. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba All Weather Exteriors has become one of the most dependable and affordable roofing company in the Winnipeg area. We take pride in this reputation, and we plan to do all that we can to further it. Whether you are in need of roof repair, residential roof replacement, or some other roofing service, we can handle it. View our roofing and services. We also offer claims assistance, and when needed, our roofing contractors can leverage their experience and knowledge to help you find the best roofing products — the type that matches your design goals and performance requirements and enhances the value of your property for years to come.