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The Impact of Sun, Heat and Humidity on Your Roof

The Impact of Sun, Heat and Humidity on Your Roof


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How the Sun Heat and Humidity impact your roof

Even the most durable and weather-resistant roofing products won’t last forever in a climate like ours here in Central Texas. The sun is powerfully unforgiving, and we’ve all seen what it can do to our gardens (and our skin!). That same force beats down on our roofs, too. 

Over time, repeated exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can make shingles crack, become brittle and cause other damage to your roof. Moreover, as the temperatures change from daytime highs to overnight lows, roofing materials expand and contract. Though hardly noticeable to us, this slight shifting of materials does slowly wear down your once-strong roofing materials.

How to Combat Heat and Humidity’s Effect on Your Roof

In Austin, heat and humidity combine for a double-whammy hit to our roofs. Too much heat or too much moisture can reduce the lifespan of your roof and lead to water damage if too much moisture accumulates. 

The more frequently our roofs are exposed to intense weather conditions, the more quickly they wear out if they aren’t maintained and repaired at the first signs of a problem.

One solution to battling heat and humidity is to insist on quality waterproof roofing materials. A lot of materials claim to be waterproof, but when they are actually put to the test, they just don’t cut the mustard compared to higher quality products. At Storm Guard of SW Austin, we can advise you on the best roofing products for our climate and roof conditions.

It’s also important to make sure that your home is well insulated and ventilated. Insulation will help your home retain a consistent temperature and minimize moisture accumulation. Ventilation allows your home to breathe and prevents it from becoming too hot. Proper ventilation in your roof can also extend the life of your roof.

If you have questions about roof maintenance or repairs in Austin, give us a call at Storm Guard for help.