A roof in Florida is heavily affected by the sun and some of the most common reasons that contractors get called in Florida is often due to the deterioration of roofing materials because of sun damage. As roofing materials are exposed to the elements over time, they eventually get damaged and even the most durable roofing materials require maintenance. There are some roofing materials that can perform far better in the heat and sunlight. Choosing a roofing material that performs better in the sun can ensure that you can enjoy less replacement costs. Here are some of the top roofing materials and how they react to the sun!
Metal Roofing Materials
A metal roof often does quite well in the sunlight because they are produced using layers of galvanized steel which are coated with polymer. Having access to these cooling roofing layers and a color grade that is considered to be energy star compatible, a metal roofing system can last even in extreme sunlight, for up to 50 years.
Asphalt works as a waterproof binder and it can absorb UV rays. Manufacturers have improved asphalt shingles to absorb more UV rays and use a variety of coatings to protect the shingle as the years progress. As asphalt shingles continue to lose their granules over time, this can affect the UV absorption rate of any single. Asphalt often becomes brittle when it’s exposed to ongoing UV radiation so recognizing the signs of deterioration early to make sure that you can prevent major issues with your roof.
Ceramic tile roofs are some of the best roofing materials for managing sunlight and heat. Clay tile is extremely stable and it withstands the heat much better than other materials. The curved shape of tiles also works to allow air to circulate below the roofing materials which will lead to cooler interior environments and less of the air heating the tiles on the roof.
If you would like a roofing material that can stand up well in a sunny climate, contact us for installation information!
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which offers roofing in St Petersburg Fl. Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. A Old Time Roofing has been a tradition in quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.