Roofs in Florida are susceptible to hastened deterioration due to their constant exposure to harsh weather conditions. Although Florida doesn’t get massive snowfalls or thaw cycles like the northern states, it suffers from the severest hurricane winds, humidity, tropical downpours, and blazing sun.
With all these harsh elements, roofs in this region deteriorate faster than in other parts of America. So, as a homeowner in Florida, you have to think about roof maintenance and replacement continually. You need to know when to repair your roof and when to replace it. Here, we discuss the common signs you should look out for to know when to replace your roof in Florida.
Excessive Loss of Shingle Granule
If your roof is made of asphalt shingles, you should consider replacing your roof if you start noticing large quantities of granules in your drainage system or on the ground. Asphalt shingles are known to shed granules in large quantities when they approach the end of their useful lifespan. There, if you start noticing more of these sand-like grains around your house, it is time to consider replacing your roof. If you don’t replace the shingles, your roof will soon start to leak.
When there is a build-up of moisture and gas on your roof, your shingles will start to blister. These blisters result from your roof’s exposure to intense sun and attics that are not adequately ventilated. Natural aging can also be blamed for blistered shingles. If blistered shingles are not replaced, they will develop cracks and holes, allowing water to seep through the roof into the ceiling and eventually the house. You should be able to detect these blisters during your regular Florida roof inspections. If most of the shingles are showing signs of blistering, it’s time to replace your roof.
As your asphalt shingles near the end of their useful lifespan, they will start to curl along the edges. Curled shingles will not offer you and your valuables watertight protection against the elements. Sadly, there is no remedy for curled or buckled shingles. The only effective solution is to replace them as soon as possible. So, if most of your shingles have started to curl, consider replacing the entire roof.
Algae Growth and Rotting Shingles
Because of excess humidity and frequent rainfall in Florida, shingles, especially wood shingles, are susceptible to decay and algae. Your Florida roof inspection expert will inform you if the rotten shingles have compromised the integrity of the entire roof.