Roof shingles can get hot, much hotter than the surrounding temperature, up to 80 degrees hotter! As your roof heats up, that energy is being pushed inside, into your attic and even living space. It’s a big reason why as the temperature rises, your cooling system works harder.
Because of UV rays, heat and thermal shock, heat can reduce your roof’s lifespan by years. Even on cooler, cloudy days, UV rays wear down your roof relentlessly. This can break down the oils in your roof causing dryness and cracking which in turn can compromise waterproofing.
Don’t think cooler night temps helps, your roof physically contracts and expands as the heat comes and goes. As such, it is moving and after enough time, thermal shock will begin to strain the roof, resulting in damage.
What Can Homeowners Do To Protect Their Roof?
There isn’t a lot you can do about an existing roof, everything is subject to environmental conditions, your roof is no different, but you can minimize the damage and prevent disaster by simply keeping up with roof maintenance and having your roof inspected regularly (at least once a year for homeowners, twice a year for commercial buildings).
Caught early, most heat damage can be repaired without having to replace the entire roof, but neglect it for too long and you could be in trouble.,
If you are in the market for a new roof, new products and technologies are available to combat damage from heat. One of these products, the GAF Timberline Cool Series Shingle,is one of the many options Atlanta Roofing Specialists has at their disposal to help your rooat the heat of summer.
If you are unsure if your roof is going to make it through the summer, contact Atlanta Roofing Specialists at 770-419-2222 and we can recommend products and ways to combat the heat and the damage it can bring!