Asphalt shingles may be one of the most durable roofing materials on the market, but they are still susceptible to weathering or damage stemming from prolonged exposure to the elements. Luckily, home and building owners can undertake certain measures to slow down the aging process of your roof.
Mobley Brothers Roofing & Restoration, one of the top commercial roofing contractors in the state, gives you some tips on how to choose a roof that is more resistant to the elements.
The Aging Process
Weathering is caused by a variety of environmental factors; what usually happens is these factors weaken the protective layers and remove the granules on the roof, exposing parts of it to moisture and UV rays. The damage compounds until splits and cracks appear, leaving the roof vulnerable.
By choosing the right kind of roof, however, you can slow down the aging process and extend your roof’s life span. In particular, commercial roofing contractors recommend you pay attention to the following factors while looking for a roof replacement.
Roof Color – Darker colors absorb more heat. The more heat your roof absorbs, the greater the thermal shock it is subjected to. Thermal shock is the stress caused by the repeated expansion and contraction of your roof. Your roof expands as it is subjected to heat and cools down when the temperatures drop. The expansion-and-contraction cycle can rapidly decrease your roof’s life span.
Roof Ventilation – When it comes to extending the life span of your roof, heat is your number one enemy. Installing a roof ventilation system is one way of keeping your shingles cool during the day.
Roof Elevations – Your roof’s exposure to the sun also means it’s exposed to UV rays, which can break down the protective layers of your roof molecule by molecule. The higher your roof is, the more exposed it is to UV rays. We recommend you apply roof coatings to make your roof more UV-resistant.
Sooner or later, cracks will form on your roof, and when that happens, you need to fix it immediately to prevent it from worsening. That’s why it’s important to have a commercial roofing services provider conduct routine maintenance on your roof.
It’s equally important that you only hire qualified contractors, like Mobley Brothers Roofing & Restoration, to fix and maintain your roof. To get a free estimate from us, call (865) 444-6060 or (615) 645-4500 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Lebanon and Knoxville, TN.