Residential roofs in Florida have a lot to put up with. Getting your roof ready for summer can help prevent expensive repairs, reduce energy costs, and avoid water damage to your property! Unfortunately, some homeowners only think about the roof when there’s a problem.
The unique climate of the Sunshine State means that the sun is beating down on your roof which can lead to damage over time. The UV rays of the sun, humid conditions, torrential rainfall, and tropical storms can damage shingles and the roof structure. In time, small areas of damage can lead to costly repairs.
There are several ways to prepare your home's protective
barrier for the changing weather. Keep reading to learn more.
Trim Low Hanging Branches and Trees
Keeping your roof clear of debris is one of the most
important steps you can take to prevent damage. To help minimize waste build
up, make sure to trim trees that have low hanging branches or that cover your
roof. Not only will this prevent damage during Florida summer storms, but it
helps later roof cleanings much easier!
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Winter and Spring yard debris can easily stay on your roof
for months after the season is over. Believe it or not, piles of leaves, mud,
and tree branches can be a breeding ground for extra moisture; when heat is
applied, there is big potential for breakdown of the shingles and adhesive that
is meant to protect your roof. It also creates a breeding ground for moss, algae,
and mold. Clearing debris from gutters and downspouts on a regular basis will
help you to create ideal conditions for your roof during the warmer months.
Replace Loose, Broken, Damaged, or Missing Roofing Materials
Even though Florida doesn’t get harsh, freezing winters, fluctuations in temperatures during winter and spring combined with high humidity levels can damage your roofing materials. When this happens, the exposed underlayer of roofing is at risk of damage. The typical result is leaking that lead to severe water damage.
The issue with leaks in a roof is that sometimes it’s not noticeable at first. However, as dampness builds in the attic or crawl space, dangerous mildew and mold will start to grow. This is not only challenging and costly to remove, but it poses health risks.
Service Your HVAC System
This may come as a surprise from a roofing blog, but a general rule is to service the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system in your home annually. Because your roof works together with your heating and cooling systems, it’s best to service the HVAC at the same time. Essential HVAC maintenance involves cleaning or replacing the filters, checking for blockages, and checking refrigerant levels.
An HVAC system that functions efficiently helps reduce
energy bills. However, it also ensures the best air quality in the home and
prevents excess moisture. Humidity that builds up inside the house is just as
risky as dampness caused by a leaky roof.
Have Your Roof Professionally Inspected
Compromised areas such as worn and damaged shingles, missing flashings, and other areas that are weak or exposed could sustain further damage under the sun's harsh rays. This excess heat increases the temperature of your whole roof, causing your heating and cooling system to work even harder to maintain comfortable temperatures. Arranging for a professional roof inspection means that the contractors will identify and fix any problems and potential problems they discover, saving you both time and money down the road.
Address Damage Quickly
If your preferred roofing company identifies any damage during the inspection, or if you’ve noticed potentially worrisome areas inside or outside your home, do not hesitate to get it fixed.
Call our team at Johnson Roofing Solutions in Northwest Florida. Johnson Roofing Solutions team provides free estimates AND financing to homes and businesses across the panhandle of Florida. We have offices in Panama City, Chipley and Graceville with our service area expanding from Tallahassee to Pensacola. We are fully licensed and insured, family owned and operated and prepared to take on any roofing project from minor repairs to complete replacements or even new construction. Contact us today and let us be your solution!