Learn how to protect your roof, prevent ceiling leaks, and extend your roof life through the Wet and Dry seasons of Tampa Bay.
In Tampa, there are two dominant seasons for your roof: Wet and Dry. Did you know that if you schedule roof repair and maintenance with your local roofing contractor around these two seasons, you can extend your roof life and preserve the quality of your roofing materials, saving you time and money year round?
Heavy rain, strong winds, or hailing, lightening may damage your roof, but so will the general passing of time cause your roof to age regardless of the material.
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against extreme weather and everyday elements. Larry Miller Inc is here to help prepare your roof to face a reportedly active 2020 Hurricane Season in Tampa Bay.
The Dry Season months of November to May are best for new roof installations, roof replacements, re-roofs, and handling any regular roof repair and maintenance you might need to extend your roof life.
How does the dry season impact your roof?
The dry season provides you with some time and space to get your roof in shape! It’s the best time for your annual roof inspections, gutter cleanings, and addressing minor ceiling leaks- before our famous Florida thunderstorms and hurricanes hit.
If your roof needs to be re-installed or replaced then definitely take advantage of these months to get these projects completed.
Tampa’s Wet Season begins in May and runs all the way into October, bringing an average of 20-30 inches of rainfall to the city. That’s a lot of water running down your roof. The increase in rainfall puts stress on your roof, no matter the roofing material.
Shingle roofs, metal roofs, rubber roofs, and even tile roofs are susceptible to damage if not properly maintained. High winds can cause metal flashing to come loose, a valley can have leaf build-up, or a blocked scupper can cause water to pool on your roof.
There can be a number of reasons that your ceiling leaks, or becomes damaged in some way that will eventually cause costly and intrusive roof repairs or re-roofing expenses.
But, if the roof is appropriately managed and inspected correctly, the chances of damages are greatly reduced.
As pro-roofing contractors, we recommend taking steps in advance of the Wet season to prevent storm damage and emergency roof leak repairs before they can even start.
Working on your residential or commercial roofing projects during the Dry season climate helps to preserve the life of your roof and the roofing materials you choose.
We also suggest a roof inspection every 3 years at the very least so you can identify any cracks or weak spots in your roof before they escalate into serious damage. Having a regular roofing inspection could add 5-10 years on your roof, saving you thousands and keeping you drier, longer.
Frequent monitoring and inspection keep your roof safe and healthy. A roof inspection is a subtle process that should always be trusted to experienced and knowledgeable professionals who have sufficient knowledge and hands-on expertise about all varieties of roofing systems in your local area.
In the mean time, you can address certain minor issues easily on your own:
During heavy downpours, gutter drains and spouts issues have become the business of the day. Inspect them and clean if possible to ensure that water is flowing smoothly so there are no hurdles in the way. Such issues should be addressed initially and should not be delayed or neglected.
Tall trees can destroy your roof during the stormy season and can lead to roof leakage. Consequently, the water damage to your home and may cause further predicaments such as short circuits or injury. If you can manage, large branches over the roof must be trimmed.
Document Possible Problem Areas
Look around your home, and if there are any kind spots on the walls, it means your roof could be leaking. Capture images of possible areas to inspect for your certified roofing inspection, and also as proof in order to claim insurance.
The Millers have been your trusted Tampa roofers since 1985 and over the years we’ve weathered a storm or two!
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