Roofs are built to withstand abuse and damage, they are the home’s first line of defence against every element the environment has to offer. When we think of common causes of roofing damage, our mind usually wanders towards the heavy rain and storm damage that Florida has to offer. However, there is another factor that most people don’t take into account here; the warm Florida sun! Constant, harsh sunlight can take a toll on your roof and its materials. From humidity damaging your shingles to UV rays warping and curling them, there is no shortage of issues that can come about from sun damage!
Curled and Warped Shingles
Roofs constructed out of shingles take a particularly rough beating from the sun, older shingle material was not constructed to provide the same amount of UV resistance that newer materials are able to provide. Sunlight bearing down shingles can cause them to warp and get bent out of shape, this is not only unsightly but a huge leak hazard as well! Warped areas on shingles are weak points, allowing water into your roofing system!
Florida is famous for its never ending humidity, even in the cooler months humidity levels are still high on average! Humidity is just the amount of moisture and water vapor contained in the air, the higher this is on average the more potential damage that can be caused to your roofing system. Humidity can seep into roofing materials and supports, causing damage and weakness overtime.
The sun poses its own set of unique challenges that roofers must overcome when working to install your roofing system. From excess humidity to punishing UV rays, modern roofing materials are being constantly improved to help increase their durability against the sun and warm weather!
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which offers roofing in St Petersburg Fl. Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. A Old Time Roofing has been a tradition in quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.