Usually when we think of weather affecting our roof, we think of things like hail, snow, ice and wind. Here in Sarasota and Venice we need to think about lightning, hail, hurricanes, and sun damage. How the sun affects your roof in Sarasota County is something that is often overlooked. With an average of 253 sunny days per year, that isn’t something that should be ignored. We will explain different ways the sun can damage a roof.
UV (Ultra Violet) rays can damage asphalt shingles, giving them a shorter lifespan. The UV radiation can cause the shingles to warp and become damaged in the sunlight due to the excessive heat. Just because you’re in Florida, doesn’t mean your shingle roof will fail. Be sure to ask your roofing specialist about the added benefits of contracting with a preferred contractor, like Kirkey Roofing Inc.
Bleaching or Fading
When a roof is exposed to the sun for long periods of time, the surface can become bleached or faded. This is the same thing that happens with decks, or driftwood. This can be prevented by choosing a lighter color to begin with, which will also help with keeping the house cooler.
Coating and Sealants
The sun can affect your roof coating and sealants too. When exposed and heated up they can crack just like paint. This is why there are specially designed sealants meant to withstand the elements, with reflective materials. It’s a good idea to talk with your roofing contractor about the special needs of your house, to choose the right materials for the job.
Your roofing contractor will consider the elements and how the sun will affect your roof, with the position of the house, and your desired outcome, to help you choose the right materials for your new roof, or reroof project. There are many different ways the sun affects your roof in Sarasota, Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, Lakewood Ranch, or Bradenton areas. We don’t sacrifice quality when it comes to any of our roofing projects. Contact us to set up a consultation.