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The intense heat of the summer sun can severely damage your asphalt roof.
Roofing materials expand as a result of the heat and then contract when they cool. This procedure can result in long-term harm that worsens as time passes. The sun’s UV rays can also harm roofs over time, causing the minuscule connections that keep tiles and shingles together to break away. The sun also heats the roof, increasing energy bills in the living area below. What precisely can the sun do to your roof? Let’s see.
Ultraviolet radiation and thermal expansion are two ways that the sun can harm a standard roof. These elements are intertwined and work together to degrade asphalt shingles and raise your energy expenses.
Over time, increased UV exposure will result in the oily materials in the asphalt shingles evaporating away. This substance aids in waterproofing and keeping the shingles flexible. When it’s gone, the shingles will be less effective become brittle, and prone to cracking.
Thermal damage is linked to UV light. The shingles heat up as they absorb light energy. As a result, they heat up and cool down, causing them to expand and contract. Over time, these processes cause the shingles to lose their effectiveness.
If you have not invested in sufficient solar protection, these elements will almost certainly cause major roof damage. Here are some tips for preventing sun damage to your home’s roof, while also saving you money on your heating and cooling bills.
Taking time to improve your roof’s efficiency during a roof replacement is a smart idea. This is also the best time to improve the energy health of your home by upgrading your roof’s underlayment to SolarShield. As part of the exclusive Enfinity Lifetime Roofing System, SolarShield is a low-profile, medium-mass noise and thermal buffer with three thermally bonded, stable membranes and a closed-cell air decoupling layer. SolarShield controls the temperature of the home and prevents home appliances from cycling on and off, as well as lowering summer cooling and winter heating costs.
SolarShield underlayment will not only increase the life of a roof, but it is the number one thing that translates into energy savings for a roof. This layer of protection acts as a barrier, reducing the amount of thermal transfer between a warm attic (or a cold attic, depending on the season) and the temperature-controlled air in the living area.
A radiant barrier is the best energy-saving measure that can assist in limiting the heat transfer from the roof to the attic. Reducing solar heat, when used in conjunction with any or all of the other practices outlines below, can assist your roof in cutting heating and cooling costs, as well as lessening your carbon footprint.
It may seem counterintuitive to spend time and money increasing insulation only to subsequently add vents that allow fresh air into the attic, but fresh air is essential for roof health. While insulation acts as a thermal barrier between the living space and the roof, the attic can get excessively hot in the summer. Excessive attic heat can deform roof decking and reduce the shingle’s usable life if it isn’t vented properly. It can even go through the insulation and into the rest of the house, making your air conditioner work harder.
Fresh air intake vents are located along the lowest areas of the roof, generally in the soffit beneath the eaves, to pull fresh air into the attic. A natural airflow circulation mechanism happens when these vents are combined with exhaust vents that are located higher on the roof. Cool air enters through the intake vents, warms up, and then climbs to the attic’s top, where it departs through the Ridge Vent. This natural process prevents the attic from being overheated. The roof will last longer and help keep home cooling expenses down with adequate attic ventilation.
WEATHERSHIELD Ridge Vents solve the problem of hot attic air by allowing it to escape to the outside. They’re particularly useful in the summer because they reduce the heat in the attic, reducing the amount of work an air conditioner has to do.
They perform just as well in rainy conditions as they do in sunny weather because the warm air they emit melts any ice or snow it comes into contact with, avoiding any accumulation or blockages. Ridge Vents not only help your roof last longer, but they also help your drywall, insulation, and siding last longer by keeping moisture out and preventing premature deterioration.
Even the best roofing material might fail if it is not installed correctly. That’s why it’s critical to pick a roofing contractor with the necessary resources to accomplish a top-notch job. Ensure your contractor has a courteous, well-trained staff, adequate equipment and tools for the task, and knowledge with the roofing material.
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