Residential Roof Repair Services In Orlando And Central Florida
At some point in the lifetime of your home, you will need a roof repair. Here in Florida, there are a lot of threats to the integrity of the roof that protects your home and family from the elements. If any of these things may have damaged your roof, it’s best to have a professional roofer take a look. Without professional training, you may not spot subtle problems that require repairs or are causing a leak. We will inspect your roof for free and give you an honest estimate for any repairs needed. Call West Orange Roofing today at (407) 656-8920 to ask questions, get references from past clients, or schedule a free estimate today.
Winds reaching speeds over 45 mph can damage your roof. The surface of your roof isn’t hit evenly by high winds. They tend to have the most impact on areas where the materials are already loose. On shingle roofs, high winds can create a suction effect and “lift” the shingles up, which loosens the nails that are holding them down. That, in turn, breaks the seal between the layers. Other areas susceptible to damage are the corners, edges, ridgeline, and flashing.
High winds often carry debris that can damage your roof, as well. Anything that breaks the surface that seals your roof can lead to water infiltration. That can cause rot in your structure and damage to your ceilings. Failing to get a timely roof repair could result in leaks into the rooms of your home.
The highest wind speeds you’ll experience come with hurricanes. The leading cause of property damage from a hurricane is these high winds. When they hit your roof, they can break the seal that keeps you safe from the heavy rains that will also come. Sometimes there’s also hail. That’s another threat to your roof, especially if roofing materials have already been loosened by the strong winds.
Shingles are usually the most affected in this way. The shingles that don’t get blown out of place can be damaged by hail and flying debris to an extent that they can’t protect your home.
Sun and Heat
Those warming rays from the sun can wreak havoc on some roofing materials, especially shingles that have reached their senior years. Aging causes roof shingles to become brittle, which can lead to cracking or even breaking apart.
Another way that the Florida sun can affect the coverage of your roofing materials is excessive heat exposure. It can crimp the edges of asphalt shingles, which can warp your roof’s surface.
In addition, your shingles can experience granule loss caused by sun exposure and rain runoff. Shingles naturally lose granules as they age, but these weather elements can increase that loss significantly.
Rodents, birds, & bugs can breach the seal of your roof, as well. During the cooler months, pests look for warm places to hang out. Squirrels are able to chew through your roof’s shingles, leaving you susceptible to moisture damage. It can also leave you with uninvited and unwelcome guests that can cause additional damage to your home.
Bird droppings are very acidic. Over time, they can lead to disintegration of your roofing materials, causing leaks. Birds can also take advantage of any small openings they find and build a nest there.
Insects are another concern. Silverfish, for example, find the adhesives on your roof quite appetizing. While Florida’s carpenter ants aren’t as much of a threat to wood as those in other parts of the country, they do like softened, water-damaged wood. They burrow in, hollow out, and nest in these places, which can weaken the structure of your home.
Think you may need a roof repair?
The longer you put off roof repairs, the worse the damage can get. Even small breaches of the surface of your roof can lead to leaks, mold growth, and destruction of your property. Eventually, you may need to replace the roof entirely, which can be very expensive.
The roofing professionals at West Orange Roofing in Central Florida can inspect your roof for you, assess the damage, and give you an accurate estimate of the cost and time needed to repair your roof. Call us today!