While other areas of the country are dealing with a winter wonderland of snow and ice, we in Florida are kicking back, enjoying the sun and warmth. But that’s not to say the Sunshine State is a paradise for your roof; it isn’t. In fact, Florida roofs have an unusually harsh environment to deal with. Intense sun, frequent tropical downpours, hurricane-force winds, high humidity, occasional blasts of cold, birds, insects and salt air combine to create conditions not seen anywhere else in the country.
The same year-round sun that draws countless people to Florida can wreak havoc on a roof. UV radiation – the same kind of light that causes a sunburn – will deteriorate asphalt and cause tile to fade. When the sun is directly overhead in the summer, a roof surface can reach 200 degrees. When a sudden downpour happens, the surface rapidly cools – a cycle that occurs day in and day out. Years of exposure to these cycles will cause shingles to become thin and brittle, and it’s only a matter of time before they give way to leaks.
Extreme humidity is another concern for Florida roofs because it can compromise even the most expertly applied seam and seals, and lead to the rot and the growth of mold, algae and mildew. Salt air near the coastline can corrode certain types of flashing, causing premature failures and Tampa roof repair. And the perpetual warm weather encourages large birds, insects and rodents to build permanent nests on roofs.
With so many forces conspiring against your roof, you need a professional on your side. With more than 25 years of experience roofing Tampa and St. Petersburg homes and businesses, Arry’s Roofing Services can make sure your roof is in shape to provide the protection and beauty you want. Don’t trust your roof to just any phone book listing; trust the pros at Arry’s Roofing. Call us today at (727) 938-9565.