Florida’s Climate Can Wreak Havoc on Roofs

Here in Central Florida, we have a unique climate that can foster unique roofing problems. High humidity, intense sun, frequent storms and hurricanes, and more can all cause trouble for your roof. In this article, the A.O. Roofing team is taking a closer look at some of the most common roofing issues experienced here in Polk County.

1. Sun Damage

We’re not called the Sunshine State for nothing! The Florida sun is a force to be reckoned with. Over time, the UV radiation from the sun can cause damage to roofing materials, fading, cracking, and more. To prevent this, opt for roofing materials with high UV resistance. 

2. Mold and Algae Growth

While Floridians don’t always love the almost year-round high humidity, algae and mold do. The humidity creates the perfect environment for mold and algae to grow — particularly in shaded parts of your roof — breaking down materials and creating unsightly stains. Proper roof ventilation, clean gutters, and mold- and algae-resistant materials can prevent this. 

3. Storm and Hurricane Damage

With more than 80 days of thunder and lightning per year, Florida officially has the most thunderstorms of any state. The high winds and flying debris can pose a major risk to your roof, leading to torn shingles and punctures. This can be prevented by using hurricane-rated roofing materials installed by a reputable contractor like A.O. Roofing and securing loose items around your property before storms. 

4. Corrosion From Salt

For those closer to the coast, the salty air from the Gulf or Atlantic ocean also can pose a risk to your roof. The salt leads to corrosion, particularly of the metal parts of the roof like fastenings. That corrosion compromises the roof’s structural integrity and can shorten the roof’s lifespan. You can help prevent this with regular inspection and maintenance, as well as using corrosion-resistant materials. 

Keep Your Roof in Shape With A.O. Roofing Services

Central Florida is a unique place with unique challenges for your roof. To keep your roof in tip-top shape, work with professionals who are familiar with the roofing challenges particular to our state. Contact A.O. Roofing Services today to get started. 

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