Tips for Dealing with Heavy Rain and Your Roof in Florida
Updated: Mar 5
Rainstorms are common in Florida affecting areas like St. Augustine, Port Orange, and Palm Coast. Your roof is the first line of protection for your home. The last thing you want to see is a water intrusion. If water starts running down from the ceiling in your garage or house, then you have a problem. But don't panic! The most important thing to do is call a licensed roofing contractor for a roof leak inspection.
Reasons why your roof leaks
A roof can leak for many reasons. Even if it only happens once in a while, like during a rainstorm, it needs to be addressed before it gets worse. If you have a brand new roof, you will likely be able to get it repaired under warranty.
Flashing is important and prevents water from seeping into your roofing materials. These metal strips are installed between the asphalt shingles and roof joints. They should be sealed to keep water out but may leak if not properly installed by your roofer. When you have a roof inspection, make sure your professional roofer checks around the chimney, skylights, and other piping or vents. Wind can blow water under these areas as well as drip edges. These areas are a common cause of roof leaks. A single call to Triangle Roofing can give you peace of mind.
Cracked Shingles or Tiles
Even a single broken roof shingle can begin the roof leaking. After a Florida storm shingles may be missing or curled up. This allows water to intrude underneath and possibly affect the wood sheathing underneath. If you have a newer roof with a peel-and-stick underlayment, this may help minimize the risk of water intrusion and damage. Any underlayment you have on your home should be installed properly.
Any small gaps in the seams of your roofing membrane can allow water to get into your home. Your local roofer should ensure the seams have been properly joined.
Take Photos and Video of your roof
During the storm, document the leaking problem so that your local roofer can accurately identify and fix the roof leak problem. Try to answer these questions:
how did you discover the roof leak (when did it occur)?
is it a drip or a stream of water?
Is your ceiling or wall discolored or peeling?
The more information you can tell your roofing professional, the more likely it is that they’ll be able to identify the leak and get it fixed.
Don't Put Off Fixing a Leaking Roof
Although you don't want to panic and insist your roofer come immediately, the opposite reaction is even worse. Casually putting off a roof leak repair will cost you in the long run. A leaking roof, even a small leak, can affect the wooden roof deck, shingles, flashing, and your drywall inside the home. Over time, mold may grow or drywall may cave in. It may affect your roof's ability to keep your house cool. Nobody wants that in Florida!
Call your local roofing contractor and ask them to put you on their schedule. They will give you a realistic wait time for the roof repair. An experienced roofer will try to assess your issue within a week of being contacted. If there has been a hurricane or major storm damage in your area, you will need to be patient. Call the best roofing contractor you can find. Contact Joe at Triangle Roofing Ormond Beach.
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