Mother nature is a powerful force. As we saw in the news in 2017, Hurricane Irma came and tore through Florida with ease, resulting in around $64.76 billion USD worth of damage. While much of the damage could be mitigated with the right anti-hurricane measures, it shouldn’t surprise you if the entire roof of your home is torn off by strong gales.
However, it’s not just hurricane season that you should be afraid of. Roof damage is common in Florida and it’s important to inspect your roof on a regular basis to ensure that it’s not slowly deteriorating. In this article, we’re going to discuss a few of the most common causes of roof damage. If you experience any of these issues, then it’s paramount that you contact a roofing contractor immediately in your area to help you resolve the issue. Failing to do so will expose your roof to more potential damage and there’s a good chance that mother nature will rip it apart and leave with you no protection over your head.
The sun in Florida is great for when we’re out on the beach and enjoying the weather, but constant exposure to the sun can cause your roof to heat up and deteriorate. It dries out your roof, making it vulnerable to cracking, decay or potentially warping. If you see a few of the shingles on your roof twisting or coming apart, then it’s a good idea to speak with a roofing contractor as soon as possible.
There’s not much you can do against the heat in Florida outside of planting trees that will keep your home in the shade, but this isn’t the ideal solution for most people. If you leave this damage for too long, then you’ll end up having to replace all of your roof tiles or shingles which can be incredibly costly and dangerous to your safety.
Strong Winds and Rain
Gale winds and storms can destroy your roof, but if you’re lucky and survive the physical damage inflicted on your home, you have a new enemy to face: moisture. Heavy rain can batter your roof and seep into the small cracks between your shingles. It can even blow off entire shingles and start seeping into the foundations of your home. This will severely weaken your roof if left unchecked.
Always check that your shingles have been installed correctly and that they’re properly examined to avoid any potential damage. Heavy wind and rain also have a chance to blow debris onto your roof and potentially clog your gutters. Make sure you clean these out if it’s been particularly windy or wet.
Damage Caused by Trees
If you’re going to keep trees in your front or backyard, then you’ll want to prune them on a regular basis to keep them from growing too big. The branches and leaves will fall on your roof, piling up and potentially clogging your drains. Smaller trees could even be blown apart or uprooted which can prove incredibly dangerous for your entire home. Large trees and branches also give burglars and animals access to your roof which can be frustrating to deal with.
Make sure you trim your trees and stop them from growing too big. If they’ve already started encroaching on the home, then consider replanting the trees further away from your home if possible.
While it might not sound like such a huge deal, rainy and humid conditions make moss growth incredibly common. That’s why you’ll see many roofs in Florida littered with moss, and people wrongly assume that it’s just a cosmetic issue. Sadly, moss retains moisture which gives it the potential to cause water damage and weaken your roof. This eventually causes your roof to potentially collapse and it’s important to deal with moss as soon as you see it.
A roofing contractor may suggest installing copper or zinc strips on your roof to inhibit moss growth, but they might also suggest chemical treatments that will destroy the moss and keep your roof looking clean, healthy and free of further damage.
Some Final Words
As you can see, there are many things that could damage a roof. Mother nature provides us with plenty of comforts, but it can also be a dangerous force that will tear our homes apart if we’re not careful.