Rooftops face weathering effects every day with cold nights and extremely hot days slowly wearing at shingle surfaces. Winds also create volatile rooftop conditions when coupled with hot days. As a result, Fort Worth roofing contractors must always be on the lookout for wind and heat damages spreading across rooftops. Shingles suffer from accelerated weathering when homeowners don't make consistent maintenance a priority.
Generally, sunlight damage remains the strongest weathering element for almost all shingle installations. As sunlight warms roof materials, they respond by expanding and contracting based on ambient temperatures. This physical strain on materials takes its toll over the years. Flexible shingles, for example, will slowly become brittle. Hairline cracks and other damage eventually take shape. As a result, contractors must replace shingles as they wear under sunlight stress.
Contractors cannot properly survey the rooftop without analyzing sunny and shady patterns across the surface. Each rooftop has a specific orientation in reference to the sun, for example. Some roof planes are shaded nearly all day, whereas other surfaces are completely exposed to the sun's ultraviolet radiation. In most cases, sunlight exposed rooftops deteriorate faster than shaded sides. With this concept in mind, contractors pay careful attention to sunny sections for any worn shingles.
It's not unusual for lightning to negatively affect shingles.
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For example, lightning could strike a rooftop antenna or even a nearby tree. Both shocks can damage shingles, so homeowners must be diligent about calling professionals for service after a lightning storm. Shingles can be completely blown off the rooftop or simply scorched. Ideally, contractors must replace any damaged shingles to prevent accelerated weathering in the immediate area. One small leak creates major damages to roof decking and interior materials.
As heat slowly deteriorates shingles, they become vulnerable to wind uplift. Homeowners might see curled edges along some shingles, for instance. This unusual shape comes from heat damage and wind forces. Wind passing over a rooftop can lift weathered shingles, so contractors must replace these materials before they're torn from their locations. In severe cases, wind uplift can damage an entire rooftop section with multiple leaks into the exposed area.
Roofers must be highly observant to find subtle shingle damage across a large surface area. Tiny blister areas, for example, can slowly emerge from defective materials or installation strategies. These surface anomalies aren't immediately vulnerable to leaks, but they can develop major problems when overlooked. Contractors should be frequent visitors on rooftops to keep the surface as pristine as possible.