The recent heavy downpour in South Florida proves that it doesn’t take a cyclone to bring about record-breaking rainfall. Even though Tropical Storm Dorian barely touched the tip of Florida, the south was still bombarded with an average of 10.36 inches of rain. The South Florida Water Management District said it was the wettest rainy season in almost half a century. As WPTV News’ Jeff Skrzypek reports, the heavy rain took its toll on roofs everywhere.
Local roofers such as Arry’s Roofing Service have been swamped with calls for help as a result of the heavy rain. Some homeowners were lucky to receive help right away, but others had to wait for one month due to the immense backlog. Asphalt shingle roofs are most prone to the damage caused by the heavy rain; the heavier the rain, the faster the granules wear out. However, roofers believe this can be avoided if checks on Tampa roofing systems are made prior to the wet season.
Florida’s wet season lasts from May to October, according to senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman, while the dry season happens from November to April. Factors such as cold fronts moving south set the stage for the torrent, which may happen the moment cold fronts can’t move south any further. Humidity, sea breeze, and the risk of cyclones contribute to the heavy shower.
Nature, however, has the tendency to rain or shine whenever it feels like it, whether it’s still the wet or dry season. Either way, your roof would still be suffering the damage from the state’s humid subtropical climate. Have a professional Tampa roofer perform an inspection of your roof every year, preferably during the dry season, to check for cracks and faults, and all the more so if your roof suddenly shows signs of leaking; small leaks can become big problems.
Speaking of roofers, local roofing companies in South Florida caution against storm chasers. These people, roofer or no roofer, go beyond their service range to calamity areas offering their services door to door. While their offers are usually tempting, storm chasers have the reputation of cutting corners in their repair work, if they repair the roof at all. Even minor roof leaks don’t deserve a half-baked repair job.