With Florida’s hot summer and rainy season now upon us, keeping your roof in good shape is incredibly important. Here are 3 ways you can keep your roof in tip-top shape this summer.
1. Check for Algae, Moss, and Mold
Here in Florida, the summers are humid and damp, creating the perfect environment for moss, mold, and algae to grow. These plants and funguses are very damaging to your roof and can cause the plywood decking under your roof to rot if left for too long. You can remove this by getting on your roof yourself and using a broom and soap and water to scrub it off. Never use bleach to clean your roof, organic cleaners are best. If you don’t feel comfortable getting on your roof, you can call a licensed roof cleaner to come by and clean your roof up for you. If you have a tile roof, we recommend finding a roof cleaner that will not step on the roof, as that could damage your tiles. Always be cautious if you do this yourself, because tile, metal and shingle roofs can become very slippery when wet.
2. Clean your Gutters!
You may not think that your gutters can affect the quality of your roof, but they can. Improperly installed gutters and gutters that are too full of debris can damage your eve and fascia, causing the wood to rot and your
roof material to deteriorate. If you think you need new gutters, always call a licensed professional to come out and take a look.
3. Repair Any Leaks!
Roof leaks are the main cause of roof trouble in Florida during the summer. If a leak is left unchecked and unrepaired, it can cause severe water damage in your attic and through the rest of your home. Always have a licensed roofer come out to take a look, and if possible, get the leak repaired as soon as possible to prevent the plywood under your roof from rotting.
One of the most important parts of owning a home in Florida is making sure your roof stays in good shape. These tips should help you pinpoint the issues you may come across on your roof during the summer, and help you find the proper steps to take towards fixing it.