Florida rains, wind, storms and sun can be rough on a roof, and, if left unchecked, the life of your roof can be shortened dramatically. Florida homeowners must be savvy about roof care and maintenance in all seasons in order to extend their roof’s life and maximize its performance.
The vast majority of north Florida residents have shingled roofs, and should plan to have their roof replaced every 15 to 20 years (for roofs with standard, three-tab shingles) or every 18 to 25 years (for roofs with 25-year architectural shingles). But, even with 20- and 25-year manufacturer’s warranties, many are finding that their shingles require replacement long before these warranties expire. There are several factors that can contribute to the shortened lifespan of your shingles.
- Sun damage. In the South, the sun is likely to cause damage to your shingles year-round, making them more brittle and less adhesive. This can make individual shingles more likely to blow off your roof, even in moderate winds.
- Driving winds and heavy rains. Given that Florida storms can be harsh and unpredictable, especially between June and October, every family should have a plan for extreme weather-related circumstances. But don’t wait until a tree falls on your home to consider the role your roof plays in keeping your family safe. Strong winds and heavy rainfall can rip your shingles from your roof, especially if they were poorly installed. Even with the absence of one shingle, your home is at risk of rot, water damage, mold and ruined insulation.
- Pressure washing. Traditional cleaning methods, such as pressure washing, often involve the use of harsh chemicals and abrasive methods that can extensively and unnecessarily damage your roof and cut the life of your shingles in half.
When taking a look at your roof to spot any potential problems with your shingles, be sure to look for these signs of wear:
- Buckling/bending shingles. Bent or buckling shingles are far more likely to stop adhering to the surface of your roof and be blown away in the event of a storm, or even mild winds.
- Deteriorating shingles. Deterioration around the edges of your shingles is a result of regular exposure to high temperatures, high winds, heavy rains and debris. This leaves the space in between shingles more prone to leaking and makes it easier for mold, rot and pests to infiltrate the surface of your roof.
- Missing shingles. When a shingle is missing from your roof, there are at least three nail holes left open, which will likely lead to a leak in the event of rain. If there are multiple shingles missing, the chances of a leak occurring multiply exponentially.
Don’t wait for a storm to find out if your roof is ready to take on the elements. If you suspect that your roof is damaged or leaking due to age or poor installation, contact a roofing professional. While you may not be able to avoid the extreme weather conditions that come with living in the Sunshine State, it is still possible to extend the life of your roof by hiring an experienced, local professional to provide high-quality installation and roofing materials appropriate for your area.
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