As Floridians, we’re all familiar with the intense power of storm winds. However, water can do plenty of damage to your roof all on its own – and it isn’t always obvious at a glance.
In fact, much of the damage caused by rain can take weeks or months to develop. During that time, both your home and your family may be exposed to safety risks lurking under the surface.
Without proper residential roof repair, water damage can wreak havoc:
1. Water Damage Can Soak And Rot Your Roof Decking
The decking is the lowest level of the roof and connects it to a home’s structural elements. It is also incredibly important: Your roof’s structural integrity depends on it. If a roof’s waterproof underlayment deteriorates with age, even a small amount of water can cause the decking to rot. That, in turn, means the roof is much less likely to stand up to heavy rain or winds later.
2. “Invisible” Water Damage Can Lead To Mold Problems
Anywhere you’ve got humidity, mold is a challenge. Many forms of mold can be hazardous to humans, and mold in your home may aggravate respiratory illness. Mold often begins inside the walls after water accumulates. Chipped, cracked, warped, and otherwise broken shingles can be the entry point into your home. Fixing those shingles is a must.
3. Water Damage May Be The Source of Mildew And Algae
Notice any unusual plant growth on your roof? Black, green, or blue spots can develop in humid weather – but they may also point to a deeper issue. That’s right: Moisture accumulation is the culprit here again. While algae isn’t necessarily a threat to your home, it can reduce curb appeal and interfere with the performance of the impacted roof shingles.
4. Excess Moisture Can Dissolve Aging Attic Insulation
Your attic insulation supports temperature regulation. In effect, it helps your home stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Unfortunately, many Florida homes have older insulation that’s vulnerable to disintegrating if exposed to standing water. Your attic can also suffer many of the other problems listed above, potentially affecting your roof in the process.
No Leaks, No Problem? Let A Jacksonville Roofing Pro Take A Closer Look
You know what they say: When it rains, it pours. Proactive roof repair will protect you from water, wind, and more. Remember, you can still have moisture accumulation and the related structural issues even if you don’t have any visible roof leaks.
It doesn’t take a major storm to do harm to an aging roof. The way to protect yourself from big roof repair bills is to get your roof inspected annually. Even in an uncertain world, it’s just as important now as ever for protecting your home.
To find out more or set your appointment, just contact Plair Homes today.