We are now officially in “summer mode” after we have finished May and welcomed June. Florida’s summer means more than just the end of school and vacation planning. It also includes hurricane season, routine thunderstorms and heat. These can cause damage to your roof over time. If you haven’t had routine inspections done in the past it is time to get them.
What can summer do to your roof?
- Hurricanes. Hurricane season 2021 began June 1, and although there are currently no hurricanes on the radar, that could change quickly. Strong winds and rain can be a result of hurricanes. Even if your roof is in good condition, these two elements can cause damage to your roof. However, if there are weak spots or any existing damage, even a minor hurricane can prove devastating. You should be aware of missing or damaged shingles, roof vent damage, and clogged gutters. Other issues that can compromise your roof cannot be seen from the ground. Annual roof inspections are vital for protecting your home. It is important to catch any damage or spots that may be older before they become a bigger problem.
- Thunderstorms. Florida is well-known for its afternoon thunderstorms in the summer months. Although the lightning is spectacular, it is the RAIN that really makes Florida stand out. It can change from sunny to monsoon within seconds. If your roof is exposed to heavy rain for several months, it could lead to leaks. You should also be aware that water exposure can lead to condensation and moisture buildup (including in your attic). This can cause the gradual decay of roof materials and wood over time. Roof inspections are the best way of preventing these problems. Professionals can check for hidden moisture and weak areas you may not be able to see.
- Heat. Sunshine State was named for a reason. Our summers are very hot and the sun shines intensely. After a while, the extreme temperatures can take a toll upon your roof. Florida’s heat makes shingles more susceptible to deterioration, so a roof that was supposed to last 30 years may only last 15! You can save money by taking steps to prolong the life of your roof. It also protects your home and your insurance policy from damage caused by bad weather. It is important to hire a roofing contractor who is ethical and trustworthy and has your best interest at heart when replacing your roof. To get the most out of your roof, you need someone who can help you select the right materials and who is familiar with Florida’s climate.
Old Time Roofing proudly serves the Pinellas County area with high-quality customer service and exceptional customer care. We offer roof inspections, repairs, and complete replacement options for homes of any size and style. We listen to your concerns and provide an accurate and honest report. Together, we will find the best solution that suits your needs and your budget. Call us to schedule an inspection and receive a detailed estimate on your roof.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Largo Roofing Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.