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Common Summer Roofing Problems in Florida & How to Address Them

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Florida's endless sunshine is a major draw for residents. However, that sunshine comes with a hidden cost for your roof. The relentless summer heat, intense humidity, and frequent afternoon thunderstorms pose unique challenges for Florida roofs. At Right Way Roofing, we understand the specific threats Florida summers throw at your roof, and we're here to guide you through common problems and effective solutions.

Sun Damage

Florida's high UV exposure is a major culprit in roof deterioration. Over time, the sun's rays break down the asphalt in asphalt shingles, causing them to crack, curl, and lose their protective granules. This not only makes your roof look unsightly, but it also exposes the underlayment to the elements, increasing the risk of leaks.

Metal roofs are less susceptible to cracking, but the intense heat can cause them to expand and contract repeatedly. This constant movement can lead to warping, loose seams, and a shortened lifespan.

Be sure to schedule annual inspections with Right Way Roofing to identify early signs of UV damage. We can assess the condition of your shingles and recommend solutions. You may also wish to consider applying a reflective roof coating to asphalt shingle roofs. These coatings help deflect UV rays and lower roof temperatures, extending the lifespan of your shingles.

Heavy Rain and Clogged Gutters

Florida's frequent summer storms can bring torrential downpours. If your gutters are clogged with leaves, debris, or shingle granules, they can't properly channel rainwater away from your roof. This can lead to water backing up under the shingles, causing leaks, fascia board damage, and even mold growth.

Be sure to clean your gutters and downspouts at least twice a year, and more often if you have overhanging trees. Consider installing gutter guards to minimize future maintenance. Additionally, ensure your gutters have the correct pitch to direct water away from your home. Finally, extend your downspouts at least 6 feet away from your foundation to prevent water from pooling around your house.

High Winds and Storm Damage

Florida's summer is prime hurricane season, bringing strong winds that can wreak havoc on your roof. Loose or damaged shingles, flashing, and weak roof structures are particularly vulnerable. Windblown debris can also puncture your roof deck or damage your skylights.

Before hurricane season arrives, have your roof inspected by Right Way Roofing. We can identify and address any potential weaknesses, such as loose shingles or damaged flashing.

Humidity and Mold/Moss Growth

Florida's high humidity creates a breeding ground for mold and moss growth on your roof. Mold spores are prevalent in the air, and when they land on a damp roof surface, they can quickly multiply. Moss thrives in similar conditions, especially on north-facing roof sections that receive less sunlight. Both mold and moss growth can damage your roof shingles and shorten their lifespan. Additionally, mold spores entering your home through ventilation can trigger allergies and respiratory problems.

Improving ventilation is an important way to combat this threat. Proper attic ventilation allows hot, humid air to escape, preventing moisture buildup on your roof deck and creating a less hospitable environment for mold and moss growth. You may also wish to consider replacing your roof with algae-resistant shingles, which contain special additives that inhibit the growth of algae and moss.

Don't Let Summer Roofing Threats Catch You Off Guard!

By understanding the unique challenges Florida summers pose for your roof, you can take proactive steps to prevent costly repairs and ensure your home remains protected. Here at Right Way Roofing, we offer a comprehensive range of summer roof care services, including:

  • Roof Inspections: We'll thoroughly inspect your roof to identify any signs of damage caused by UV rays, heavy rain, high winds, hail, humidity, or mold/moss growth.
  • Roof Repair: Our experienced technicians can repair damaged shingles, flashing, and other roof components, addressing any issues caused by summer weather.
  • Roof Replacement: If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan or has sustained significant damage, we can guide you through the replacement process, ensuring your roof is equipped to handle Florida's summer elements.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Regular maintenance services like gutter cleaning, minor repairs, and roof cleaning can go a long way in preventing major problems down the road.

Contact Right Way Roofing today to schedule a roofing consultation and discuss how we can keep your Florida home's roof healthy, protected, and cool all summer long.

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