A roof will begin to develop leaks and other damages no matter how much time and effort is put into installation and quality materials. This is an unavoidable fact, and understanding that your roof will eventually succumb to these problems will help immensely.
Maintaining your roof with roof repairs at the first sign of trouble can go a long way in keeping your roof in good shape for many years. It is suggested that your roof is inspected on a regular basis, and more often after spurts of bad weather. A good practice is also to have your roof looked at before these storms hit. The last thing you want is to have more damage that could have been avoided.
Do NOT attempt to inspect your roof yourself. Not only is it dangerous, but you will likely miss damages that a professional roofer would not.
Causes of Roof Damage
There are a number of reasons as to why your beloved roof would need repairs. Here in Florida, the major factor in causing damage that necessitates a roof repair is the weather.
Perhaps the worst problem facing your roof, and eventually requiring a roof repair, is something you cannot avoid. The following weather factors are huge in determining your roof’s life:
- Seasonal Rains
- UV Rays (Sunlight)
- Humidity and Heat
- Seawater and Salt Spray
Being known as the Sunshine State, Florida is prone to significant levels of sun and humidity. This combination breaks down the material that goes into your roof from the moment it’s installed. The sun dries out the roofing material, and the humidity can cause separation between shingles, thus leaving exposed areas where other hazards can enter.
Of course, being on the beach, seawater spray also can deteriorate your roofing Boynton Beach system quite quickly. Metal roofing in particular is prone to corrosion damage from sea air and salt unless you ensure that you purchase a corrosion-resistant roof.
The salt mixed with the breeze off the ocean can nestle into little openings and cause significant damage over time. You may start to find that the basic rainstorm can result in massive leaks, which is another reason why regular inspections are important to maintaining a quality roof.
Heavy rains tend to come alongside storms with strong winds. The moisture weakens the roof, allowing damage to take place more easily over time. Wind and rain can also clog gutters, which can cause water damage to the roof.
Though it’s a particular type of weather, hurricanes are a seasonal occurrence in Florida. From the beginning of June and all the way through November, the hurricane season lasts nearly half the year. During this time is when a majority of your damages will occur. Why? Well there are actually a few things that can cause damage:
- Wind damage
- Rain and hail damage
- Debris damage
A hurricane has a minimum of 74 mph winds, and they are typically between 100-150mph. Shingles, supports, and gutters can often take a severe beating or be completely removed as a result. In addition, hurricanes are known to dump inches of rainwater as they hover, and sometimes even bits of hail.
If your roof has sustained any damage because of wind, the rain will easily find its way into your home. It is hard to say whether it causes the most damage or not, but debris is something that can turn a perfect roof into a broken and worn one in no time. Tree branches, loose materials, and even larger objects can strike the rooftop – sending shingles and other pieces flying away
So even if you only have one inspection per year, schedule it strategically after hurricane season. However, we highly advise that you have your roof inspected before the season has started, so as to prevent further damage that would require a roof repair or roof replacement. Keep in mind that roof repair is far less expensive than roof replacement, so don’t be lazy about it. Keeping up with the status of your roof can help make it last a great deal longer.
Florida weather is not the only culprit for roof damage. Pests are also a large problem. If you have an attic especially. Critters can get in there, and make a home. Insects and larger pests can cause damage to your roof if they are not dealt with in a timely manner. Pests not only can eat away at your roof, but also your insulation.
Improper insulation can make energy costs rise, and make leaks more easily caused. It’s not readily obvious that you have pests in your roof or attic, but a proper inspection can reveal whether you’re dealing with anything that can cause permanent damage to your system.
Some think that moss can look lovely growing up the side of an older home alongside spindly vines. Others find it to be an eyesore, no matter where it is growing. What many do not realize is that moss can cause damage to the home.
Moss absorbs moisture and it ends up just sitting on top of your roof until it dries out or soaks up more water. This long-term, consistent contact with water can weaken the roof and lead to cracks, fissures, and breakdowns.
This is definitely a problem for Floridians since algae grows best in hot and humid weather. It can loosen the structure of your roof.
There is a reason why many in older neighborhoods end up chopping down trees after a bad storm passes through. Many see neighbors with damaged roofs from a tree fall and preemptively chop trees down to reduce harm.
Not all trees need to be chopped down to help protect your roof, however. Simply maintain the tree with routine trimming to ensure that branches have a several feet clearance of the roof. This also has the bonus of preventing animals from accessing your roof from the trees.
Roof Repair Solutions
Your roof will eventually need to have a roof repair since this is an unavoidable aspect to owning it. While the natural occurrences we have talked about will make things a little harder, you can avoid minor damage throughout the year by having your roof maintained on a regular basis.
By doing so, you not only can fix any small problems you may have, but you will protect yourself from potentially worse problems down the line. A roof repair or replacement should be the last resort you have, and you should want to have it very infrequently.
Boynton Beach Roof Repair
Hiring a Boynton Beach roofer for your inspections, and roof repairs is highly recommended. Boynton Beach Roof Repair provides roofing services in South Florida. Commercial roofing services are also available.
The first thing that probably comes to mind when thinking of hiring a professional is how much will this cost. If you maintain your roof properly throughout its lifetime, you can get away with roof repairs that cost as little as a few hundred dollars.
If you neglect regular maintenance, the prices for more involved repairs can get up into the thousands. If you are confident enough in your ability to inspect your roof yourself on a more regular basis, some small repairs can be made. However, as mentioned before, we highly advise against it for numerous reasons. Not only could you hurt yourself, but you may also cause further damage to your roof, thus increasing the cost that you would be facing.
In the End
Ultimately, roof maintenance should be left to the professionals. Our field specialists have experience installing new roofs and roof maintenance. If you are in the market for a roofing contractor and would like an estimate, call us today.