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How Does the Sun Damage Your Roof?

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How Does the Sun Damage Your Roof?

As an Arizona homeowner, it comes as no surprise that the sun takes its toll on the exterior of your home. This is especially the case when it comes to your roof, as it endures over 200 days of sunshine per year. Pair this with the damaging effect of the sun’s UV rays, it comes as no surprise that the sun can cause your roof to fade and even underperform.

Although it’s sunny all year long here in Phoenix, summer and scorching temperatures will be here before we know it. Here is how the sun damages your roof over time:

Warping Shingles

One of the most obvious signs of sun damage to your roof is when your shingles begin to warp. Intense Arizona sun can make your shingles curl backward. This is a result of the heat causing the shingles to contract, which will slowly peel them away from your roof.

Wrapped Roof

Intense Cracking

As if warping shingles doesn’t cause enough problems for homeowners, you may also experience intense cracking in your shingles. This is a result of the sun sucking up any remnants of moisture or oils in the shingles and essentially drying them out. Ultimately, you’ll find yourself stuck with brittle pieces of asphalt in place of flexible roofing shingles.

The bad news is that if a brief thunderstorm makes its way through, these brittle shingles can erode even more. If you’ve already passed the point of cracked shingles, roof erosion can present even more issues such as creating holes and causing mold and mildew growth.

Roof Decay

If your roof is particularly old, the sun can eventually make your shingles decay. When you discover decaying shingles, this is one of the biggest signs that your roof performance has failed. Decaying shingles look like they are missing chunks, but they may also appear deformed.

Bad Roof

Roofing Damage Through Your Attic Space

Another way that the sun damages your roof is by way of direct heat through your attic. It’s no secret that it gets incredibly hot here in Phoenix, and your home takes the brunt of sun—and it makes the situation worse is when your attic isn’t properly ventilated. When there is no way for heat to escape, temperatures will rise inside of your attic and damage your shingles.

Dealing with roofing problems in a hot climate like Arizona can be a real headache. However, it’s important that you upgrade with an efficient roof that’s built to protect against the blazing sun. Keep in mind that your windows and entry doors can also experience sun damage. Get in touch with us today to learn how you can improve the performance of your home.

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