The extreme weather conditions Texans get each summer greatly affects your McKinney roof. Whether it be a thunderstorm, hurricanes, hail damage or even hot blazing summer, Texas roofs take a beating.
The extreme weather in McKinney damages the roofs more often than you may expect.
Roofs are composed of a variety of materials, but three most common include asphalt shingles, metal, and composite shingles. Asphalt shingles are inexpensive, durable, and come in a variety of colors. Additionally, asphalt is less susceptible to the sun—so fading is minimal, but it does happen.
How exactly does the sun and stormy weather damage your McKinney roof? Here are 4 reasons your roof may get damaged this summer.
UV Rays Can Damage Your Roof
The heat and the UV rays deeply damage your roof. This is because the UV rays are directly emitted on your roof in summer and even in winter. Due to the high concentration of ultraviolet rays, the sun can wreak havoc on your roof. Damage such as bleaching and expansion of the material can severely weaken a roof’s structural integrity. Gradually these rays dry up the lubricant oil from your roof which causes them to crack and break down.
UV rays can cause protective layers on top of asphalt shingles to dry up, leading to warping and cracking with prolonged exposure to the sun. As the UV rays weaken the roofs, it causes to break down the lubricant oil in asphalt shingles. This makes the roof brittles, stiff and it easily cracks. When cracks start forming, the roof loses its flexibility. This is the most dangerous damage because the roof it then on the verge of failing.
The Sun Fades The Colors of Your Shingles
Just like when your favorite red t-shirt loses its vibrancy after many cycles in the wash, roofing shingles can be affected by the elements it comes into contact with. The intense Texas heat over time will take the color out of your shingles. Asphalt shingles do indeed fade, but the rate at which they lose color can vary, especially when it comes to shade. Dark shingles usually show more fading than light shingles, and a house that is directly exposed to the sun will fade than a shaded one. The direct sun rays fade the color of the roof making it look worn out and untidy.
Expansion and Contraction
We know that objects expand in heat and contract when they are cooled down. Similarly, the roof also expands in summer during the day and contracts at night. This rapid process of expansion and contraction weakens the shingles and cause the roof to wear out.
If you think your roof has sun-damaged shingles or is in need of repair, contact Kangaroo Contractors for a free estimate