Summers in Colorado can be hot, and you do not what to underestimate the amount of damage the sun can inflict on your roof. One of the most important aspects of roof maintenance is awareness. If you understand the ways the sun can damage your roof, you can prolong the lifespan of your roofing system, which saves you time and money in expensive roof repairs.
Damaging Effects of the Sun
The sun has a substantial impact on your roof’s lifespan, mainly because of UV rays, heat, and thermal shock. UV rays wear down your roof each and every day, even on cloudy and cool days.
The sun’s rays dry up the oils found on your roof, causing it to become dry and brittle. When your roof dries up, it eventually loses its waterproofing abilities.
Furthermore, the sun’s heat accelerates the breakdown process. If it is 90 degrees outdoors, your roof can reach up to 160 degrees, speeding up the damage done by UV rays and causing the roof to become weak and inflexible.
Thermal shock is caused by the air outside heating up and cooling down, resulting in your roof expanding and contracting every day. Over time, your roof will start to strain due to thermal shock and cause your roof to split, leading to expensive repairs.
How to Prevent Roof Damage This Summer
Regular roof maintenance – which includes cleaning debris off the roof and gutters, replacing missing or loose shingles, as well as repairing lifted shingles and flashing – can keep your roof safe from the sun’s damaging effects. Neglecting to maintain your roof could result in more damage, reducing the life of your roof and leading to costly repairs.
If your Colorado roof requires emergency repairs, inspection, or complete replacement, contact our Colorado Springs roofers at Diving Roofing, Inc. today. We offer affordable payment plans and 0% financing options.