Is Heat Destructive Towards Asphalt Shingle Roofs?

Top-notch asphalt shingle roofing manufacturers tout their products as the best when it comes to UV resistance and consistent protection against heat and decreased insulation. Unfortunately, asphalt does break apart and get weaker under the consistent rays of the sun -- you've seen it happen on roads and highways. What makes your asphalt shingle roof any different when handling the sun?

Roofing shingles undergo a comprehensive manufacturing process with the final processes involving providing it with a protective layer that deflects sunlight and prevents massive absorption of UV rays. In doing so, it can extend the lifespan and capability of your asphalt roofing shingles.

On the other hand, in less than two decades, this protective layer will start breaking down, making your asphalt shingle much more vulnerable to heat and sunlight. You'll start seeing them crack and shrink. Furthermore, you'll likely see deformities that will cost pretty pennies to have trustworthy Littleton, CO roofers to repair them.

The best preventative solution to sunlight damage, which is the weakest contender among others, is regular roofing maintenance and consultation.

Pyramid Roofing Company has a great post on protecting your roof from massive sun damage with useful inspections, roof coatings, and more. Please read all about it below.

There are far too many homeowners who ignore their roofs until damage has already occurred. Quite a bit of roof damage occurs during the hotter months of the year, but it may go unnoticed until the rainy season occurs. The hot summer weather causes quite a bit of deterioration to the roof, which can lead to leaks, as well as other types of roof problems.

Thermal expansion, IR radiation and UV light from the sun are to blame for the majority of these issues. There is no question that these elements may result in serious roof damage if you have not invested in proper protection from the sun. Some of the ways you can protect your home’s roof from damage from the sun are found here.

Roof Coatings

If you want to protect your roof from sun damage, you need to think about coating the roof. This will help to protect the surface from infrared damage and UV rays. Try to select a coating that has a high emissivity and reflectivity rate. This coating type will help to draw the heat of the sun away from the structure and reduce the overall surface temperature.

In most cases, the coating will be applied with a system that is referred to as the Cool Roof system. This coating is put on the top of the existing roof and will create a waterproof barrier. The coating will stick to your roof and help to protect it against sun damage. Remember, with this type of protective layer, you will have to replace it after 10 to 15 years to ensure it continues providing the protection you need. (Continued)

If you have yet to find a roofer you can count on for all kinds of repairs, replacements, and installations, you can always count on us at Roper Roofing. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can achieve with you.


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Golden, CO 80401

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