How To Protect Your Home From Sun DamageFeb 26, 2021 09:22AM ● By Kristy Huddle
Spring is coming up fast. And while we’re all looking forward to soaking up some bright, warm sunshine, we need to consider how to protect ourselves and our belongings from sun exposure. Usually, you can simply apply a layer of sunscreen and grab a hat before exploring the great outdoors. But learning how to protect your home from sun damage takes a little more effort.
If your roof has asphalt shingles, prolonged sunlight can cause ultraviolet radiation or thermal damage. Both conditions can break shingles down. To shield them, apply a protective coating, reapply granules to your roof, or consider painting the roof a lighter color. You should also regularly inspect your roof so you can address any small issues before they become larger.
Peeling, blistering, and fading paint are natural consequences of the sun, especially in areas with dark-colored paint. You may need to repaint your door and shutters more frequently than your walls. When you do repaint, choose sturdy, high-gloss paints that can stand up to the sun’s rays. For the rest of the house, plant a line of trees or install awnings to provide extra protection.
When protecting your home from sun damage, don’t just pay attention to your home’s exterior. Sunlight streaming through the windows can cause furniture fabric to fade and leather to crack. Get window trimmings that block out UV rays. You can also treat the furniture with a fabric protector or leather conditioner to prevent fading. Or try simply rearranging the furniture so it’s out of direct sunlight.
When we think about protecting our wooden floors, we usually consider scratches and scrapes. However, the sun can also cause damage by lightening or darkening the wood’s color. As with furniture, you can prevent damage with quality window treatments or sealing the surface. You can apply sealants for wood floors, such as lacquer, varnish, wax, or oil finish directly to the floor with relative ease.
As the weather starts to grow warmer, feel free to embrace the sunshine. When you’ve protected your house against the elements, you can enjoy every last warm ray.