How to Repair Roof Damage Caused by Heat or UV Rays

Signs of Heat-Related Roof Damage

Arizona homeowners should pay attention to the potential damage caused by our region's intense heat and UV rays. The scorching summers can be particularly harsh on roofing materials, leading to premature aging, degradation, and, ultimately, the failure of the roof to protect your home as intended.

Signs your roof may have sun damage include:

  • Curled or Buckled Shingles: Excessive heat can cause shingles to warp, resulting in a curled or buckled appearance. This compromises the roof's ability to repel water.
  • Faded Color: Constant exposure to intense UV rays can strip away the vibrant color of your shingles, leaving them faded and weakened.
  • Blistering: High temperatures can cause small blisters on shingles, a clear sign of heat damage.
  • Granule Loss: Heat and UV rays accelerate the loss of protective granules from the shingle's surface, diminishing its protective capabilities.
  • Thermal Cracking: The constant expansion and contraction caused by rapid temperature changes can cause cracks in roofing material.
  • Increased Energy Bills: If your roof absorbs too much heat due to UV damage, you may notice a spike in your energy bills due to increased air conditioning use.

Remember, knowing the signs of heat-related damage is crucial for timely intervention and repair, ensuring the longevity and integrity of your roofing system.

Repairing Heat and UV Damage on Asphalt Shingle Roofs

The restoration of heat and UV-damaged asphalt shingle roofs typically involves a multipart process that starts with a detailed inspection to assess the extent of the damage. Our professional roofers will examine all affected areas and create a comprehensive repair plan. Depending on the severity, the repair process may range from replacing individual shingles to applying sealants that can protect the roof from future damage.

If your roof has significant damage, we may recommend a replacement of the affected section or, in extreme cases, the entire roof. However, at Lyons Roofing, we understand that roof replacements are a significant investment and consider all viable repair options first.

Why You Should Always Work with a Professional Roofer to Make Repairs

Why should homeowners prioritize professional repair over DIY? Firstly, roofing professionals like ours possess the tools, equipment, and expertise to conduct repairs safely. Furthermore, all of our roofers are trained to identify the obvious signs of damage and the more subtle indicators that an untrained eye might overlook.

In terms of effectiveness, professionals also have access to high-quality materials and the latest roofing technologies that can enhance the roof's resistance to heat and UV rays, extending its lifespan and improving energy efficiency in the home. Attempting to repair a roof without this can result in only temporary fixes that don't address underlying issues.

Finally, professional repairs often come with warranties that provide peace of mind for the future. While the initial cost of professional repairs might seem higher than a DIY approach, and you may be tempted to leave a sun-damaged roof alone, thinking it is just a cosmetic issue, the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial investment.

Contact the certified and experienced roofing professionals at Lyons Roofing for guidance on repairing sun, heat, and UV-damaged roofing.