When you ask the average homeowner what time of year is hardest on their roof, most will probably say winter due to the rain and other wet weather. While they’re not wrong to think that wet weather can deal some pretty nasty damage to your roof, many don’t consider just how hard summer can also be on your roof. Texas summers are brutally hot, and the hours of sunlight and triple-digit temperatures can actually do far more damage to your roof than some sprinkles of rain. Let’s take a look at why.
Sunlight features loads of different types of light in both visible and invisible spectrums. One such type of light is called “ultraviolet” light. These invisible rays are extremely harsh, and wear down the materials that compose your roof day after day. Ultraviolet light dries out the oils that are found naturally in your roofing materials, causing them to fade and become brittle and damage-prone.
When it’s 90 degrees outside, the surface of your roof can actually reach temperatures as high as 160 degrees. This heat actually acts like a magnifier to the damage that UV rays can do, further expediting the drying of oils and baking materials over and over again until they become so brittle they crack with even the smallest impact. Tiles or shingles that have suffered too much heat damage could potentially give out with even a small to moderate amount of wind.
As the temperature outside rises, the materials in your roof expand. When the sun finally goes down each night, your roof will cool, and the materials will contract. This process is known as “thermal shock.” During summer, this process will repeat day after day for several months, which causes the creaking, popping, and crackling you might hear throughout the day. However, after a while this can result in cracks and splitting, creating leaks that can lead to major damage to your home.
Preventing Heat Damage
The summer sun will damage your roof, no matter how hard you try. However, being proactive about roof maintenance can help reduce the amount of damage your roof sustains each summer. Call a Fort Worth commercial roofer for a maintenance or repair service and keep your roof in top shape for the upcoming summer months.Call Bronco Roofing & Construction at (817) 241-2303 to schedule your roof repair or maintenance service today!