4 Tips for Protecting Your Roof from the Summer Sun

a damaged shingle roofDid you realize that your roof is susceptible to sun damage, just like your skin? But your roof is exposed to the sun’s UV rays every day, and even on cloudy days, the rays can cause damage — especially if you, like most Americans, have an asphalt shingle roof. If you want to increase the longevity of your roof, or simply replace the shingles with another material, here are some tips.

  1. Know what to look for. Identifying the problem is the first step to getting your roof the help it needs. Can you see faded shingles? What about shingles that have curled edges, or visible cracks? Are some shingles missing altogether? These are sure signs of sun damage.
  2. Check around the flashing. Look at the flashing around your chimney, ventilation, or gutters. Has the roof pulled away from it? Asphalt shingle roofs continually expand in heat and contract in cold. This can eventually cause the roof itself to pull away from the metal flashing.
  3. Get a roof coating. Rubberized roof coating, or thermoplastic coatings, can be very beneficial when your roof needs some waterproofing. They are like a protective layer that protects your roof from the sun’s rays.
  4. Have a professional inspection. Call a professional roofing company to send out a pro who can look over your roof with their trained eyes. They know what to look for, and they know how to identify trouble areas that might not be easily apparent to others.

So when your roof is looking less than its best, give us a call and we will send someone out to inspect it. We are also happy to answer your questions about roofs and sun damage. (406) 248-5428