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5 Threats to Your Florida Roof

Living in Florida certainly has its perks. Sunshine, Disney World, year-round golf courses, the list goes on and on. But, for all of the benefits, there are also some downsides. As residential roofers, the All Area Roofing team has seen firsthand how the Florida climate can have a negative impact on our client’s roofing systems. 

To keep you informed, the residential roofers at All Area are sharing the five biggest threats to your Florida roof and what you need to be aware of to protect your home. Keep reading below to learn more!

Five Major Threats to Your Florida Roof

  1. The Florida Sunshine

They certainly don’t call Florida the Sunshine State for nothing! As much as we love the Florida sun and our year-round tans, the strong UV rays and constant sunshine can do a number on our roofs. 

If you have asphalt shingles on your home, you should know that UV rays can lead to a breakdown of the chemical coating on your shingles. When this happens, the oily substance covering the shingles can evaporate, leaving them unprotected. This can lead to dry, cracked shingles. Scheduling regular maintenance with your residential roofers can help keep your shingles safe from sun damage. 

  1. Heat Degradation 

It isn’t just the damaging UV rays we’re obligated to warn you about, but the overall heat degradation your shingles may face. The extreme Florida summers can cause your shingles to rapidly expand, followed by rapid contraction when temperatures cool in the fall. This can cause straining for your shingles and lead to a number of issues. 

Your residential roofers should inspect shingles that are peeling, splitting, or cracking, as these are all major signs of heat degradation. Left untreated, these cracks leave room for moisture and water damage overtime.

  1. Heavy Frequent Rainstorms 

Native Floridians know that afternoon storms seem to appear almost every day out of absolutely nowhere. These frequent, heavy rain showers can wear down shingles and other elements of your roofing structure overtime. If they bring strong enough winds with them, they can even cause shingles to come loose from your roof. 

Loose or missing shingles can easily lead to water damage that penetrates the roof deck and compromises the overall integrity of your roofing system. Moisture can also lead to problems like mold, mildew, and wood rot in your attic. 

  1. Poor Ventilation 

As Florida based residential roofers, we firmly believe that a well ventilated attic and roofing system is one of the most important elements of your home. Poorly ventilated attics can cause air and heat to become trapped, leading to many issues for your home including decreased energy efficiency, mold, mildew, and wood rot. Avoid these issues by ensuring your home is properly ventilated and if it is not, taking the necessary steps to fix the issue.

  1. Overhanging Tree Limbs 

We love our palm trees, the bigger the better! But, only when all limbs and branches are a safe distance from our homes. When tree limbs grow long enough that they hang over your home, they become a major hazard to your roof and home in general. All it takes is one extreme storm to take a limb off and send it right onto your roof, puncturing your shingles and leading to major repairs or even a replacement. Mitigate this risk by keeping tree limbs away from your property so it never becomes an issue. 

Despite the many threats to our Florida roofs, the residential roofers at All Area Roofing would want to live anywhere else. We’ll take our UV rays and heat degradation over ice and snow pile ups any day of the week! 

If the list made you pause to consider whether your roof might be in need of a few repairs, our team is here for you. Give us a call and we can schedule you for an inspection with one of our expert residential roofers today!

How Heat and Humidity Affect Your Florida Roof

I’m sure I’m not telling all you Florida residents something you don’t already know when I say that it can get pretty humid out there. And while it certainly affects our life when the temperature rises and you can feel the moisture in the air, most people don’t think about the ways it can affect your roof. Your roof is out there protecting you and keeping you cool from the sun, but in turn it can take a beating. Because of this, we decided to write a blog about the effects of heat and humidity have on your roof.

The unfortunate truth is that both heat and humidity can significantly decrease the life of your roof. The heat can cause your roof to expand, stretch, crack, break, and a variety of other not ideal actions. The holes and cracks that are created can allow moisture into your homes, which is only exasperated when the heat comes with humidity. The moisture can also become trapped in the cracks of your roof, which will lead to mold, rotting, weakening, and a host of other problems.

On top of the cracks and holes that lead to moisture in your roof, attic, and crawlspace, the heat and humidity will also increase the temperature of your roof. And that increased temperature means an increased workload for your air conditioner, which already has a harder job because of the moisture in the air. Unsurprisingly, that means that, if your roof isn’t up to the task, your energy bills could skyrocket.

And I know you’re reading this thinking, “But I can’t stop the sun from being hot and Florida from being humid, so what am I supposed to do?” Well, I’m glad you’ve made it this far! There are a few things you can do to make sure your roof is protecting yourself, your family, and your wallet from the heat and humidity of the Florida sun.

The first is to make sure your roof is properly ventilated. A lot of times, people say that a wave of humidity feels “stuffy”, and that feeling is only amplified when there’s no air flow. The vents will help prevent condensation from forming and will also dissipate the heat. By preventing condensation from forming, it will also help stop the formation of mold on the interior of your home.

This one shouldn’t come as a shock since it’s right in the name, but a dehumidifier can also help with the humidity in your attic and roof. A dehumidifier works in conjunction with roof ventilation to stop the accumulation of condensation. Even if no one regularly goes into the attic, running the dehumidifier there can have positive effects throughout the whole house, including a cooler environment and a lower energy bill.

And lastly, making sure your roof is inspected regularly and all repairs are made as soon as they are noticed should be a priority when it comes to roof maintenance. This step is especially important for us in Florida, where a small crack or hole could mean costly energy bills. Even if it’s not noticeable, the heat and humidity could cause your foundation to weaken through its constant expanding and retracting. And you also run the risk of a costlier repair when the small hole or crack becomes a bigger issue in the next storm or heat wave.

This is all to say, there’s nothing you can do to stop the sun. As Annie said, it will come out tomorrow, and my guess is it will still be as hot as is what yesterday. The humidity it brings has an effect on your mind, body, and roof. But making sure your roof is properly ventilated, running a humidifier, and having a professional come out to take a look regularly will help your roof protect you and your family for years to come.