Florida residents, especially South Florida homeowners, are well-acquainted with summer rainstorms, and that includes the rain that can come with tropical storms and hurricanes. Your roof is the first line of defense that stands between your home and the rain. If your roof has not been maintained within the last year or has storm damage from the previous season, it is at risk for further damage that can affect the rest of your home. The better you understand how torrential rain affects your roof, the more prepared you will be to deal with storms this summer.
- High Moisture Levels: It goes without saying that the air will be saturated and your roof will have to endure incredibly large amounts of water during a torrential rain storm. The sustained levels of humidity alone can foster mold, moss, and algae growth, especially on asphalt shingle roofs. If your roof has existing damage or weak areas, rain can eventually find its way inside your attic. Existing leaks will quickly be made worse and the humidity can remain trapped in your attic causing further problems.
- Structural Stresses: The sheer force of rain that can fall during one of these storms is like thousands of tiny hammers battering away at your roof. A roof in good condition will be able to stand up to these forces, but an ill-maintained roof can experience devastating results. Over the course of several storms, your roof can eventually be weakened to the point that new leaks form or shingles will be lost completely. Damaged roofs will once again allow water to infiltrate the roof structure and cause further issues.
To prepare yourself for heavy rain this summer, have your roof inspected both before the season starts and after the severe storms. This can help ensure that your home’s roof will be able to stand up under even the heaviest downpours. Hercules Roofing, roofing contractors based in South Florida, can provide repairs and maintenance for your roof. Contact Hercules Roofing or call (561) 955-9889 to schedule a roofing consultation.