Living in Weston means living in one of the best places to live in Florida. With highly-rated schools and beautiful residential neighborhoods, residents enjoy this master-planned suburban community and the incomparable weather year-round. If you own a house in Weston and need your roof replaced or repaired, Big Al’s Roofing has been servicing the South Florida area for many years offering courteous, professional services and beautiful roofs every time.
Why do roofs suffer damage?
In areas like South Florida, where residents enjoy warm and humid weather almost every day, there are several reasons why your roof may suffer damage. To begin with, a roof that does not have adequate ventilation can result in an overheated attic. Warm, moist air gets trapped there and builds up, starts to condense, and eventually leads to wood rotting. And this wood rot can spread and damage your roof decking.
Mold and Moss
This trapped moisture not only rots the wood but, when it collects under your roof, with no way to escape, it will eventually result in the growth of mold and moss. When accumulated under your roof they will kill it from the inside out.
Warm and wet climates and shingles are the perfect combination for spores to spread between tiny cracks, causing mold to grow. If you leave this situation unattended, your roof will end up looking like you have installed on it an unpleasant thick, green carpet. This is not only not nice to look at but will result in more intense damage to the roof.
These concentrated areas of moisture will not only continue to feed the moss but will suck up the moisture from the air and even more when it rains. Water will then leak into the decking, eventually causing the structural foundation of your roof to be compromised.
Since you know how water finds a way to seep into the tiniest corner, it will be easy to understand that the leaks will not stop at the roof but will continue downward, causing damage and bringing unhealthy mold growth to the inside of your home. The result? Not only will the strength of the structure over your head be at risk, but your health will be too.
Warped and Cracked Shingles
Surprisingly, the sun is capable of causing as much damage as the humidity and rain. If your house has an attic, you should know that the temperature inside it can get considerably warmer than what the thermometer indicates. And this extreme heat can wreak havoc on your shingles.
Even the sturdiest shingles, such as the ones made from asphalt, can suffer the consequences of unrelenting, intense heat. Under these conditions, shingles can start to dry out, curl, get brittle, and start cracking. If that were the extent of the problem, you might feel comfortable living under a roof that looks a little bit worse for wear. The problem, however, is that these uneven and cracked shingles are just what rain and humidity are looking for to gain access to your roof’s structure and, eventually, to your home. And you know that, once water finds a way in, it will all be downhill from there.
Is there any way to keep these elements off your roof?
Although growing a green roof is a wonderful way to capture both the heat and the rain that damage your roof, the plan is not always viable. Particularly if you have a pitched roof or if it’s not waterproofed enough to make sure not to cause other issues beneath it.
While you consider the steps needed for a green roof or even whether this is what you want, there are other actions that can help:
- A cost-effective way to cool the roof is by coating it with a white lime wash. Although you may need to reapply it after some very rainy months, heat can be reduced considerably.
- If you want a more permanent solution, install white porcelain or ceramic tiles on the roof.
- Ask your roofing contractor to install cool roof tiles on your roof. These tiles reflect the majority of solar heat as well as preventing heat from entering rooms that are on the top floor.
- Install solar panels that can block the sun’s rays from hitting your roof but can also help by capturing the heat of the sun and converting it into electricity.
No matter what your roofing needs are, whether you need to change, repair, or just talk about new roofing ideas, give us a call today. We’ll help you find the solution to all your roofing needs.