A lot of people tend to neglect their roofs until the damage is already beyond their control. The damage starts to happen during summer, but remains unnoticed until the first storm of the season comes.
The UV light and radiation from the sun can be quite detrimental if your roof doesn’t have proper protection. Here are some ways to keep your roof from sun damage.
Conduct a regular inspection of your roof.
A regular roof inspection will help detect problems before they go beyond the point of repair. You need to know first what you are looking for.
Some telltale signs of sun damage include: decaying shingles, shingles with visible cracks, faded shingles, shingles with curled edges, and missing shingles. The best time to inspect is after a rain or storm if you are not sure what to look for.
Apply roof coating.
Roof coatings should have high reflectivity and emissivity in order to draw the sun’s heat away from your roof. It also decreases surface temperature. It is usually applied with the Cool Roof System wherein the coating is applied to form a waterproof barrier on your roof.
You need to re-apply coating to your roof every 10-15 years to keep it functioning. Most homeowners prefer AcryShield roof coatings due to their superb roof reflectance. Some highly popular coatings include AcryShield A500 with a solar reflectance of 0.83, AcryShield A510 with a solar reflectance of 0.84 and the AcryShield Ultra High Reflectance A590 with a solar reflectance of 0.92.
Not only does the coating prevent deterioration of your roof, it will also decrease the temperature of your home which will help you lower your expenses on air conditioning.
Ensure proper installation of your roof.
Exposure to the heat of the sun can cause metal roofs to expand and contract. This is known as thermal expansion. The longer the panels of your roof are, the more movement will occur. This can have an effect on the integrity of your roofing system, especially if it was installed without taking note of thermal response. Make sure to choose a material for your roof that has minimal expansion.
The suggestions given above will be more effective if it is performed by an expert roofing contractor. They will know what to look for in your roof and will be able to detect problems that are not usually seen by untrained eyes. Always remember, an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure. Contact a roofing contractor today!
Written by True Son Exteriors, the best contractor for roofing in Columbia, MO.