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Roof Replacement: What You Need to Know About Sun Damage


Posted on: June 15, 2017

A roof with sun damage in need of roof replacement.

Even though the sun is over 93 million miles away, it can still do a surprising amount of damage to rooftops of all kinds, from commercial buildings to residential homes and everything in between. This is especially true during the summer Even though the sun is over 93 million miles away, it can still do a surprising amount of damage to rooftops of all kinds, from commercial buildings to residential homes and everything in between. This is especially true during the summer Even though the sun is over 93 million miles away, it can still do a surprising amount of damage to rooftops of all kinds, from commercial buildings to residential homes and everything in between. This is especially true during the summer months, when the intensity of the sun’s heat is at its peak. Not only can your rooftop take a beating from the heat, but the ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause significant damage to roofing materials as well.

The key to protecting your roof from sun damage is to stay in a “preventive maintenance” mindset, but in order to do that, you have to know the signs to look for that indicate sun damage problems. Below are three of the most common signs of a sun-damaged roof.

1. Warping

It’s not uncommon for the heat from the sun to produce a drying effect on certain roofing materials, causing shrinkage that can lead to warping. You might notice this warping in shingles when they appear to bend or curl upwards. Once this type of sun damage starts to occur, it’s like a crack in a dam – it’s only a matter of time before the problem becomes much worse. For this reason, be sure to get the damaged areas of your rooftop repaired or replaced as soon as you notice them.

2. Decay

This issue typically affects rooftops with older shingles versus those that have been newly installed. Exposure to the relentless heat of the sun will eventually produce small cracks, dents, and/or missing granules in the shingles, giving them a decaying or “rotting” look that will continue to become more pronounced as time goes on.

Discoloration

If you’re familiar with the term “sun-bleached,” you already have a good idea of what roof discoloration looks like. It is particularly noticeable in cases where one section of a rooftop receives some tree cover while another section is constantly exposed to the sun. Most of the time, the discoloration will cause the shingles to become lighter than their original color, producing a faded or “bleached out” look. Although discoloration is not considered to be a significant sun damage problem, it is often a precursor to more extensive types of rooftop damage.

If left unaddressed, sun damage can wreak long-term havoc on rooftops, as the roofing materials will continue to deteriorate until it creates significant structural problems in the roof itself. As soon as your roof is compromised, it leaves the interior of the building vulnerable to water leaks and water damage, which can lead to costly repair jobs that never come at a convenient time.

In order to save yourself a lot of time, money and stress, be sure to contact the roofing experts at Chinook Roofing and Gutters anytime you suspect that the roof of your building may have sun damage. Our team of trained roofing professionals will perform a thorough assessment of the condition of your rooftop, and then provide you with expert repair and/or replacement recommendations to address the problem. So if you’ve noticed any signs of sun damage on your rooftop, don’t delay – be sure to contact Chinook Roofing and Gutters today to get your roof back into tip-top shape!


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