The Effects of Florida Heat on Your Roof

With the summer months finally upon us in Jacksonville, many residents are eager to start enjoying more time outside. While many people have joined our beautiful community to avoid the bitterly cold temperatures of winter months from the North, many tend to forget just how harsh our Florida climate can be on your home’s roof. Although there aren’t large amounts of snow here in our sunny state, years of intense sun exposure, frequent storms in the summer, high wind, and humidity can take its toll on your Jacksonville roof. Here at Morgan Conley Roofing & Repair, we have many years of experience dealing with the local climate and want to make sure Jacksonville residents know all the effects that the Florida heat can have on your roof!

It’s no secret that many Jacksonville residents love the mild winters and hot summers that Florida has to offer. However, just as the sun will dry out your skin from too much exposure, the same thing can happen to your roof. Prolonged exposure to the intense Florida sun can leave your shingles brittle and dry, shortening the lifespan of your roof. Combined with the many hurricanes and tropical storms that we get over the summer months, your roof might be less equipped to withstand some of the stronger storms. Some roofs have been shown to reach temperatures close to 200 degrees Fahrenheit when the sun is directly overhead.

Like many other southern states, when it comes to heat, that is not the only element that your roof is dealing with. Florida is known for its plethora of lakes and swamps, making it a prime location for high humidity the majority of the year. Not only is humidity unpleasant for humans, but it can cause damage to your roof’s seams and seals. Prolonged humidity has been known to cause mildew and mold to form, which is not only unpleasant to look at, but can lead to roof rot. It is a good idea for that reason to make sure that you are regularly inspecting your roof to make sure that no mold or mildew is setting into your roof.

Lastly, when it comes to your roof, UV rays can be especially damaging to your roof’s shingles. UV rays are typically more damaging to older roofs, so you might need to inspect your roof more frequently if it has been a while since your last roof replacement. If you have a tile roof, UV rays can also cause your roof to fade more quickly than areas that have less sunlight.

Overall, while we love our Florida sunshine, it is important to know the damaging effects that prolonged heat can have on your roof. Luckily, with regular roof inspections and Jacksonville FL Roof Repair, you can help keep your roof in great shape despite the heat.

 

As a local roofing and repair expert, Morgan Conley Roofing & Repair is happy to help you keep your roof looking great. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment!