Your roof is your Florida home’s first line of defense against wind, rain, and the sun’s extreme UV rays, so it’s important that you do whatever you can to protect it before these elements intensify during the summer months. Fortunately, there are some simple strategies that you can implement to help reinforce your roof’s durability and extend its longevity ahead of the next summer season.
Summer Safeguarding Tips for Your Florida Roof
Here are a few things you can do to protect and prepare your roof for summer:
Clean Your Gutters
You should start your summer preparation by cleaning out your gutters and keeping them clean throughout the summer and the rest of the year. Most of the debris that builds up in your gutters is going to fall into them during the summer months, so you should make it a point to clean your gutters at least twice a year.
Look for Missing Tiles or Shingles
It is important to identify any missing tiles or shingles you may have on your roof because those missing shingles and tiles may cause leaks, especially when those summer rainstorms arrive. Leaks can cause more damage to your home and even pose a health risk as they could also lead to mold and mildew. Before summer arrives, take a few minutes and visually inspect your roof to ensure that all tiles and shingles are accounted for.
Get Your Roof Storm Ready
Florida’s hot and humid summers regularly include daily afternoon thunderstorms that can be counted on like clockwork, but they also occur during the height of hurricane season. Hurricanes can cause devastating damage to your home and roof; however, there are ways to mitigate it by installing a few storm-ready safeguards.
Tie-Down Your Roof
You can also reinforce your roof using a cable tie-down system which essentially ties the roof of your home to the house’s foundation.
Strap-Down Your Roof
Hurricane straps will provide extra reinforcement for your roof against wind damage. While they are typically added to your roof during construction, hurricane straps can be added post-construction at a higher price.
Upgrade Your Roof
Perhaps the best way to prepare your roof for summer is by considering a new roof replacement. could investing in hurricane-resistant roofing materials such as metal, slate, or ceramic tile.
Schedule an Inspection
Knowing the current condition of your roof is the first step in preparing it for the summer. Take some time in the spring to get up on your roof and inspect it for any potential vulnerabilities such as broken, chipped, or missing shingles, soggy patches of roofing, or visible storm damage that could signify potential leaks or underlying water damage. However, if you lack the proper footing or are unsure of what to look for, you can always contact a professional roofing company like RBS Roofing to come out and inspect your roof for you.
Your Answer for Professional Roof Repairs, Replacement, and Reinforcement
With 35 years of roofing experience under our belt, the professional roofers at RBS Construction provide high-quality and affordable roofing services to the Central Florida area. Our team of skilled roofers brings experienced craftsmanship and a trained eye to every roofing project and roof inspection we serve to ensure your home is safe and your roof is securely prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws its way. To schedule your professional roof inspection, call the professionals at RBS Roofing today at 407-859-8163.