You may love the warmth, sun, and rain here in Florida. Unfortunately, your roof does not. Without proper maintenance, your roof will struggle to survive in this climate. Call Elite Remodeling services of Saint Augustine today at (904) 657-8383 to get your roof back in tip-top shape.
Here are Five Problems Florida Roofs Encounter
1. Clogged Gutters
If you’ve lived here long enough, you know Florida is susceptible to tropical storms. This means that leaves and branches from trees can fall into your gutters. In addition to other debris, tree debris can clog your gutters, stopping them from functioning correctly.
Having debris on your roof can also invite insects and rodents that are seeking shelter. It would be best to get your gutters cleaned at least twice a year to prevent them from clogging and overflowing. Clogged gutters can also ruin your walls and siding, and lead to flooding.
2. Mold, Fungus, and Algae
Hopefully, you have a shaded part of your house where you can go to escape the heat. Because of Florida’s humidity, the parts of your roof not exposed to the sun can become riddled with fungus.
If this problem persists, it will shorten the lifespan of your roof. Deterioration due to mold and algae can create leaks and other issues. When water gets trapped in your roof—especially if it is made of wood—your roof can rot and begin to fall apart.
You don’t want to get caught in the rain with a leaky roof. Many problems can lead to leaks:
- Age – if your roof is old, it may start to leak.
- Broken shingles – the shingles are your roof’s first layer of protection. If they are damaged, water can get into your attic or home.
- Clogged gutters – water can pool on your roof if your gutter is clogged.
If you have a leak, let our expert team help you pinpoint it and repair it.
4. Cooling Costs
A good roof can keep your energy costs down. Some roofing materials reflect the sunlight, while some absorb it. Also, regular maintenance can ensure that your roof is adequately ventilated.
The following materials can keep cooling costs low:
- Clay or slate tiles
- Aluminum shingles
- Copper shingles
- Steel shingles
You can get most metal roofing materials treated with color. Light colors reflect sunlight, making the roof energy-efficient.
5. Sun or Tree-Damaged Shingles
Constant sun exposure can cause your shingles to break off or curl up. Damaged shingles are most likely to come off of your roof entirely during inclement weather. This can lead to leaks and many other problems. Asphalt and plastic are the roofing materials most likely to be affected by sun damage.
Nearby trees can cause another form of wear and tear. If there is a tree constantly rubbing against your house, it could wear down your shingles. Make sure you trim any nearby trees regularly and keep an eye on your shingles.
Elite Remodeling Services in St. Augustine, Florida, can help you with any of your roofing needs. Call us at (904) 657-8383, and we will be happy to assess your Florida roof.