No matter what roofing material you have, it was made to withstand the elements. However, with the recent heatwave we’ve been experiencing, your roofing may be impacted leading to you needing a roof replacement or repair. Although metal and tile roofing tend to handle the extreme and prolonged heat better than asphalt shingles, without a properly insulated and ventilated roof, all roofing products can suffer.
Signs of Roof Damage from the Heat
The portion of your roof with a southern exposure is the most common place to see heat damage first. For both metal and tile roofing, you’re less likely to see damage to the roofing material, but rather to the caulk used to seal around roof protrusions and your flashing. The heat can prematurely dry caulk, leading to a roof leak. If you have asphalt shingles, however, damage occurs to the caulk and shingles. Here are a few things you might see happening to your shingles from the extreme heat:
- Curling edges
As your shingles age, the sun is more likely to damage it. In fact, asphalt shingles have a shorter life expectancy in Florida than other parts of the country because of the nearly constant heat and higher than average sunny days we experience.
What Can Be Done?
Sadly, your insurance doesn’t cover heat damage. In many cases, the only solution is a roof replacement. Your roofer can advise you if that’s the best course of action for you. If you want to take steps to help prevent your new roof from suffering the same fate, make sure your roofing company also inspects your attic and looks for proper insulation and ventilation. When your roof has proper ventilation, it won’t sustain damage from the inside out. Proper insulation helps keep the moisture from your home inside which can lead to roof damage as that moisture is super-heated and looking for a way to escape.
Choosing high quality shingles can help your roof last longer, but tile roofing is the best choice if you want a roof that will last for decades. Suncoast Roofing Solutions offers many different roofing types including clay and concrete tile roofing for your roof replacement. We take the time to make sure the roof has the proper construction so that it lasts and performs as it should. If you have roof damage, from the sun, heat or a storm, call us at (813) 283-2544. We’ll provide you with a comprehensive estimate for a roof replacement or repair.