Even when hurricanes are not a current threat, everyday weather in Florida can get a bit extreme. Concentrating on near ideal winters, hearty residents often take for granted the power of the state’s muggy rainy season. Long summer days are filled with hours of robust sunshine and scorched humidity. Often forming rapidly over the many surrounding waters, mighty thunderstorms soon follow, as temperatures finally drop in the late afternoon.
Quite simply, there is no greater enemy to the health of a roof than that potent combination of sun and rain. The heat and ultraviolet rays of Florida’s powerful sunshine can cause roofing materials to break down more quickly over time. Similarly, heavy rains harmfully allow water to flow under older or faulty shingles. This can result in roof rotting, ceiling and wall damage, flooding of the house, and unpleasant mildew throughout the building.
Sunshine and rain are not the only ever-present dangers for a roof. If not adhered properly, high winds can surreptitiously lift the edges of roofing materials, permitting moisture to sneak in. Once again, this exposure to water can cause great harm to the structure below. And consistent winds eventually will result in those same shingles ripping or falling off.
Another enemy of your roof comes in the form of surrounding trees. Such vegetation is otherwise beloved for the shade that helpfully cools a roof in summer, but the build-up of falling leaving in other seasons promotes the retention of water. If non-pruned trees grow freely, dangling branches may also brush against a roof. This repeated contact results in scratching that weakens the effectiveness of roofing materials. In such spots, even small amounts of water can puddle, causing moss and algae to grow, which further deteriorates the structure.