The Sun: It Damages Buildings As Well As Your Skin

Chances are you already know that the sun can damage your skin, thanks to its ultraviolet — or UV — light. Did you also know that it can cause significant damage to buildings as well? Thanks to the UV light and the heat it produces, the sun can damage roofs, walls and other parts of buildings, not to mention the furniture and items found inside it. Here is a closer look at how this damage can happen — and how you can help reduce its impact.

As the sun strikes a building, it heats the materials of which it is constructed. That heat causes those materials to expand, and as they eventually cool, contract. Years of this imperceptible movement can create slow but inevitable long-term damage, depending on the types of materials used in the building and its surrounding climate.

To learn more about the damaging effects of the sun, check out the accompanying resource.

Graphic created by Reynolds Construction and Commercial Roofing.

Beau Parker Elijah

Beau Parker Elijah

Elijah Beau Parker: Elijah, a certified green builder, discusses sustainable building practices, energy-efficient homes, and eco-friendly construction materials.