The roof is one of the most important parts of a home since it protects us from the weather and the elements, ensuring our safety. Thus, it’s surprising to see that many homeowners know very little about proper care and seem to overlook the importance of roof maintenance.
Florida’s harsh climate can give a roof a good beating. The humidity, extreme heat, hurricanes, and thunderstorms can be rough on any roof. That said, here are six causes of roof damage in Florida every homeowner should keep in mind.
Storms, Rain, and Hail
Heavy rain and strong wind accompanied by hail can cause significant structural damage to the roof. Strong winds and hail can lift off and puncture shingles, thus leaving open patches in the construction. With the next rainstorm, water will easily leak between the cracks and cause moisture to build up within the roof.
That said, homeowners should thoroughly inspect their roofs for holes, cracks, and missing shingles each time they think a storm might have damaged them. Preventative maintenance can help them avoid moisture stains, mold, and rot.
Long-term exposure to the sun, heat, and UV light can take a toll on any roof. Direct sunlight causes discoloration of roof shingles as well as crumbling, cracking, and decay. Consequently, the entire roof structure becomes susceptible to major damage and distortion.
With this in mind, you shouldn’t wait for the first telltale signs of damage. To avoid unpleasant surprises and prevent serious damage, we’ve made roof assessment a part of our regular maintenance program.
Trees are a very common cause of roof damage, and they can reduce the lifespan of a roof in various ways. Ill or dying trees might not be able to survive a storm and could collapse on a roof. Moreover, broken branches or limbs, as well as low-hanging branches, can scratch or rupture the shingles, making way for moisture and water.
Aside from keeping trees nicely trimmed and removing hanging branches, it’s vital to keep large trees at a safe distance and to clean out any debris from drains and gutters.
Hot and humid Florida weather is a perfect environment for algae growth. Unfortunately, algae can leave permanent stains, lead to the rotting of the material, and slowly damage the integrity of the roofing system.
Yet, by investing in professional cleaning and algae removal, we can prevent this hazardous organism from taking over the roof. A professional roofing service can identify algae growth, remove the algae, and prevent future growth by utilizing special roof coatings.
Although it’s considered to be more of a cosmetic matter, moss can lead to serious problems. After all, patches of moss absorb moisture and hold it against the roof’s surface, causing the structure to slowly rot.
Fortunately, by identifying moss growth early on, removing it, and installing copper or zinc protection, it’s possible to increase the lifespan of a roof. Again, moss removal requires special equipment and safety gear, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
Lack of (or Poor) Maintenance
The damage to the roof has already been done once leaks and stains become evident. Yet, more often than not, a major issue could’ve been avoided with a minor repair or some cleaning.
In the end, regular (and proper) maintenance is inevitable if we want to keep the roof structure as healthy as possible. Thus, you should regularly inspect the roof for missing shingles, cracks, debris, or any other potential issues. Alternatively, you can sign up for our Roof Preventative Maintenance (RPM) program and leave your roof in the safest of hands.
Call Tadlock Roofing Today
All in all, every homeowner in Florida is likely to encounter roof problems at some point. Yet, regardless of the cause, the roof damage can not only be repaired but also prevented.
Fortunately, Tadlock Roofing is here to provide your roof with proper care and maintenance. We’ll walk you through each step, address the problem on time, and keep your roof in great shape for many years to come.