How Does the Sun Damage My Roof?

At A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP we’ve seen a lot of roofs over our 60 years in the residential roofing and siding business. While your roof can withstand many weather extremes, brutal heat and strong sun rays can really be damaging over time. In fact, our website features a comprehensive glossary of related roofing terms including:

  • Accelerated weathering: A test by which roofing materials are exposed to various elements like heat, water, condensation or light in order to measure their resilience.
  • Exposure: The state of being exposed to the weather.
  • Thermal shock: The stress on roofing materials that results from sudden changes in outdoor temperature.

Damage from sun and heat to a roof can offer be extreme and can also damage a roof to the point of replacement before its time. According to the Edmonton Journal, on May 3, a “71-year-old temperature record was broken.” Environment Canada forecasted a high of 29 C by 3 p.m., beating the previous record of 27.8 C set in 1944 – the third time a record has been broken in 2016.

If you have a shingle roof, your home is most vulnerable to Edmonton’s increasing solar intensity and summer heat. Here are a few ways the intense sun and heat can affect your shingle roofing.

Decaying: older shingles will look deformed or rotted and may be missing chunks. It’s important to get your roof repairs done as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Warping: if the shingles on your roof are starting to curl or bend upwards, it may be due to the intense heat or sun and this type of warping will only get worse with more sunlight. As soon as you notice any sort of warping with your shingles, call in a roofing expert.

Cracking: there’s tension in the shingle while it’s curling from the heat, this type of strain is what can also cause the cracking and should be repaired as soon as possible because further damage to the roof decking can easily follow if not dealt with.

Roof Repair & Maintenance in Edmonton

If you have concerns about the summer’s sun on your roofing, or if you’ve noticed signs of wear A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP offers knowledgeable and friendly roofing in Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, and across Alberta. Backed by a 5-year workmanship warranty and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, you can trust A. Clark Roofing & Siding for your roofing and siding needs. We are fully licensed and insured and carry full WCB coverage for all our technicians. Call now at 780.465.7571 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions in meeting all your roofing needs.

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