The Sun is the life source for all living things on Earth. It lights up the sky, helps the plants and trees grow, provides us with vitamins and minerals and allows us to generate and store solar energy. As phenomenal as the sun can be, it can also be quite destructive. Its UV rays can be pretty harmful to our skin, and prolonged exposure can scorch your home’s roofing system.

Providing your home with the best tools to combat the sun’s damaging effects is our number one priority at Impact Roofing. We believe in equipping your home with heat-resistant roofing materials so that your home has adequate protection for decades to come.

These are some of the ways in which the sun can damage your home’s roofing system.

Cracking and Breaking

Prolonged exposure to the sun may cause your roofing materials to dry out and eventually crack and break. For homes in dry and arid climates, this process tends to occur a lot faster.

Some roofing materials are better than others at resisting the sun’s harmful UV rays. Roofing materials like metal are excellent at reflecting these UV rays, thus reducing its damaging effects.

Thermal Shock

Extreme day and night temperatures may lead your roofing materials to undergo thermal shock. Thermal shock happens when the heat causes the materials to expand, and the cold causes the materials to contract.

This continuous expansion and contraction process may lead to the degradation of your roofing materials and its eventual breakdown.


Your beautiful colored roofing system may be looking a little worse for wear due to the bleaching effects of the sun’s rays.

A bleached roof will likely make your home look old and aged and thus ruin your home’s curb appeal. Luckily your roof can easily be repainted or recoated and returned to its former glory.


Much like the cracking and breaking of roofing materials, the Sun’s UV rays combined with the natural oxidizing of materials may lead to your roofing materials becoming brittle and eventually crumbling.

If you’ve noticed any sun damage occurring on your roof, it’s vital to schedule an inspection with your local roofing company. Getting an idea of how bad the damage is essential to your roof’s lifeline. You’ll be able to decide whether or not your roofing systems require some repairs or an entire roof replacement. For all roofing inquiries, give Impact Roofing a call today!