How to prevent damage to your roof due to thermal shock

Prevent Roofing Damage and Save Money

We’re no strangers to sun in Las Vegas, which is why we at Prestige Roofing know that rain isn’t the only weather that can damage your roof. Most people only think of leaky roofs or shingles torn off by wind, but ultraviolet (UV) light, thermal shock, and constant exposure to grit and sand can do just as much damage.

August isn’t over yet, and while the hottest days of the summer are behind us, we still have another two months of 100 degrees or more. All that heat comes from sunlight, and sunlight means UV radiation. Ultraviolet light and hot weather speeds up the deterioration of roofing materials and sealing agents (asphalt, tar, etc.). The typical black shingle roof gets up to 160 degrees on a 100 degree day!

With all that heat, roof materials experience what we call “thermal shock,” expanding and contracting as they grow hotter or colder during the day. After many years of experiencing thermal shock on a daily basis, roof owners will notice their drains or gutters no longer line up with the edge of the roof, splitting along seems, or warping in shingles or tiles.

Many Las Vegas homeowners leave their roofs in neglect due to the common misconception that damage only comes from relatively rare rainfall. Neglect can be the most damaging factor of all, and can lead to severe problems when nasty weather does indeed hit. Our infographic below highlights what can happen when your roof is left to bake in the sun, and the result of poor maintenance. Don’t leave your roofing to the elements, call Prestige Roofing Las Vegas for roof repair at (702)646-7536 or visit for a free estimate.

Infographic of roof damage

It Can Even Happen Here

While the rest of the U.S. is in a heat wave, here in Las Vegas we’ve experienced unexpected rain! Our usual sunny skies are replaced with clouds and thunderclaps, which are set to last through summer. While the hot sun can be harmful to your roof in the summer, it is heavy rainfall that is the most damaging, particularly in arid regions where rain-proofing your home is usually the least of your worries. You could have a leaky roof before you know it.

These latest storms have come with high winds, which can tear shingles and tiles off your roof, especially if your roofing material is made of slate or asphalt shingles, ceramic, clay, or concrete tiles. Debris from these storms can crack, dent, or tear off portions of your roof, causing unsightly damage that requires fixing.

While missing tiles and broken shingles might be the most unsightly result of unexpected weather, leakage and runoff issues are the most damaging. Your roof is designed to be water resistant, not waterproof, and too much water on it at one time can cause leaking. If your roof is already damaged or has open areas where missing tiles once were, or where satellite dishes have been removed, these spots cause water to pool when it rains, which is often the start of a leak problem. Add to this water pooling because of clustered debris from the high winds, and you’ve got a recipe for rooftop disaster.

Prestige Roofing of Las Vegas can repair your rain-damaged roof, or prepare your roof for the coming winter when scattered thunderstorms and further rainfall is expected. We hand

close-up of weather-damaged shingles

If you don’t keep up on maintenance, your expensive tile roof can look like this

le roofing and repair services, gutter installation, and ongoing maintenance and preventative work to ensure your roof stays in peak condition year-round. With the rain far from gone this summer, make the right choice and call Prestige Roofing at (702)646-7536 or get a free estimate

Roof Repair or Re-roofing: that is the question…

roof repair or reroofing

Our roofs are always there for us, they protect us from all that is cold, wet, hot, dusty, or just plain unpleasant. Of course this means that one hardly takes the time to think about how a roof feels or its present condition; until, that is, some drastic misfortune happens to befall it.  We don’t tend to think much about our roofs unless there is either a gaping hole in it or tourists start asking for a tour of our historical home. While completely reroofing you home isn’t always the best choice for your roof, knowing when reroofing is the best option can save you money in the long run.

According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), you should be having a biyearly inspection of your roof in order to keep an eye on its conditions.  The inspection doesn’t begin by taking out a ladder and climbing up to the roof; it actually begins inside on your own home, in your attic.  The roofing professional will take great care to check for:

  • 1. Signs of water damage or places where leakage can occur
  • 2. Areas where the roof deck is sagging
  • 3. Dark spots
  • 4. Daylight seeping into the attic

These are all signs that something may be wrong with your roof that could be remedied through a simple repair or potentially a reroofing.  In order to tell which could be the case, the roofing professional would have to proceed with an exterior inspection of your roof.  During the exterior inspection it is important to keep an eye out for:

  • 5. Shingles that are cracked, torn, missing, curling, rotting.
  • 6. Excessive amount of shingle granules in your gutters
  • 7. Loose materials or wear around chimneys, vents, or pipes.
  • 8. Gutters and downspouts that are securely attached and free of debris that can clog the spout and prevent water from flowing.
  • 9. Signs of molding (mold can grow within 24 hours of a leak)
  • 10. Vents from the bathroom and kitchen should lead outside, not be blocked off and ventilating into the attic.

Don’t jump to conclusions though, even if your house has several of these symptoms it doesn’t mean that a complete reroof is needed.  Roofs installed fewer than 15 years ago should be able to get away with a repair. The best way to know for sure is to have your house professionally inspected every six months, catching a simple roof repair problem can save you money in the long run as it can stop it from getting worse and having to reroof. Remember, reroofing is something that needs to be left to skilled professionals, although DIY has increased in popularity, when it comes to your roof, it’s best to leave it to professionals.

If reroofing is the only option for your roof, don’t waste anytime hoping to let the roof last as much as possible, doing so can cause further damages to your home and furniture. Remember that having a “solid roof over your head” is one of life’s necessities for a reason, take care of your roof and it will take care of you. A new roof adds to the value of your house, it is aesthetically pleasing and it also means you probably won’t need to be repairing it again for a while.  Roofing professionals such as Prestige Roofing can help you find the best materials and designs to really make your roof, gutters, chimney, and waterspouts look their best