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The 4 Ways Weather Can Impact Your Roof

4 Ways Weather Can Impact Your RoofWhen you think about it, your roof acts as a bicycle helmet for your home. Without it, your property’s susceptible to all sorts of damage – significant and costly damage. And because it shields you from the elements, it takes on a bit of wear and tear over the years. To properly forecast maintenance or replacements moving forward, here are the four ways weather can impact your roof.

1. Heat

Floridians are no strangers to heat. But high temperatures can cause materials to swell, affecting vulnerable supporting structures and shingles. On the opposite end of the spectrum, as they shrink back down, they can cause further problems down the road. To help avoid this issue, we recommend ensuring that your roof has proper ventilation.

2. Rain

Coastal states receive a great deal of rain. Because it’s such a routine element, it can acclimate over time if your roof has dents or uneven surfaces. The tiniest crack in your roof can allow water to infiltrate the interior of your home, creating the perfect environment for mold growth. Early detection is key when preventing water damage. Ensure that your gutters are working and rain is running off your home properly by conducting periodical checks each season.

3. Wind

Florida is the land of wind and hurricanes. High winds can especially cause damage to your roof — removing tiles and even panels. This leaves your roof vulnerable to elements, resulting in further damage if ignored. Sometimes you’ll notice that the wind itself isn’t the culprit itself. But in fact, overhanging tree limbs and shrubs. Keep greenery trimmed and be sure to keep a special eye on architectural features of your roof like a chimney.

4. Snow

Rain, wind, ice, yuck! Snow is probably the worst combination for roofs. (It’s a good thing we don’t experience that often, if ever, here in Florida.) The weight of the snow can cause collapse if your roof is already experiencing structural issues or water damage. The best way to protect your roof from snow is by choosing materials durable enough to stand up to the risk. Additionally, you can remove collected debris and snow at the earliest opportunity.

Tired of Disappearing Shingles?

Because so many factors can affect the performance of your roof, regular inspections are key to prolonging its life. Whether you need a minor repair or you’ve arrived at the need for a full replacement, there are 15 questions you need to be asking your contractor. These questions ensure your replacement runs smoothly and your shingles are sticking around for the long haul.

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