Roof damage is a common problem that many homeowners face. You may not think of your roof as something that needs to be monitored or cared for, but the truth is that it can experience damage over time. The good news is there are some things you can do to help prevent roof damage from happening!
This blog post will discuss the top three causes of roof damage in Florida and how you can avoid them.
Florida Storms and Roof Damage
One of the most common causes of roof damage in Florida is our tropical weather. Storms and hurricanes can cause various roof problems, including dents, cracks, and even leaks.
To help protect your roof from storm damage, consider installing storm guards or roof protectors. These are installed on top of your roof to help shield it from high winds, rain and other elements. If a storm or hurricane is expected in your area, make sure you have these items in place to minimize the chances of damage to your roof.
Can Clogged Gutters Cause Roof Damage?
You bet clogged gutters can cause roof damage! Clogged gutters may seem like a minor issue, but they can be a massive problem if left unattended. If your gutters are clogged or damaged, this could cause excess rainwater to back up under your shingles and leak into your attic. If water sits under your shingles, it will eventually seep through them, causing leaks that may lead to mold growth inside walls, which emit foul odors throughout and can make everyone in your household very sick.
Luckily, we have some preventative measures to prevent clogged gutters and keep them clear and free of debris.
- Clean your gutters regularly
- Avoid using leaf blowers near the gutters
- Use metal screens to prevent leaves from getting into the gutters
Is the Florida Heat Ruining Your Roof?
The temperature of the surface of your roof can get so hot during Florida summers (and even year-round) that it damages the roofing materials. For example, the asphalt shingles on a typical roof will start to break down at around 250 degrees Fahrenheit. If the surface of your roof gets much hotter than that, it can damage the shingles and the underlying roof deck, and even wiring in the attic.
You can mitigate excessive heat damage to your roof by installing reflective coatings or white roofs. These will help reflect sunlight off the roof and keep the surface cooler.
In conclusion, roof damage is a common problem for many homeowners. If you take the time to care for your roof, it will last longer and need fewer repairs. It can also be prevented by getting a professional inspection every year and having suitable materials to address any repairs. If you have any questions about what you should do if your roof starts leaking or other concerns, don't hesitate to contact us for more information!
Tampa Bay Roof Services
Storm Restoration Services is a full-service roofing company in the Tampa Bay area. Passionate about what we do, we are here for you for all of your roofing needs - no matter if it’s hurricane season or not.
Whether you need a roof installation or a roof repair project, we guarantee nobody will provide a better overall experience for you than Storm Restoration Services. We take pride in our reputation, and we are dedicated to doing the job right. Contact SRS today!