What You Need to Know About Heavy Rain and Your Roof

Central Florida is no stranger to heavy rain and frequent summer storms.  This year we have had a particularly wet summer, and that causes some concern for some homeowners.  If your home is older, or has any sort of weakness, specifically those involving the roof, heavy rain can lead to some BIG problems. 

When you look at your home, you often notice things such as how the paint job is wearing, repairs that need to be made to the driveway or sidewalk, or even areas of the landscaping that need to be replaced.  However, something you might overlook is your roof.  On average, it is recommended that you replace the roof of your home every 20 years.  However, here in Florida, the relentless sun and heat, paired with heavy summer rains, can wear your roof much more quickly than that of a home in a more temperate climate.  If your roof is not in top condition, and it develops weaknesses such as damaged or missing shingles, leaks, or overflowing gutters, you can end up with some serious issues, potentially threatening your entire home. 

A very small leak that allows water to seep into your home over a long period of time can eventually cause structural damage to your roof, meaning your home is a potentially dangerous environment.  Unresolved leaks can also lead to mold growth in your home, threatening your family's health and possibly their lives.  So, it's very clear, a leaky roof is nothing to play around with. 

What can you do to make sure your roof is at its best every season? 

  • Make sure you do routine checks to make sure all shingles are in place and no obvious damage has been done to your roof.  If anything is out of place, have it repaired by a professional as soon as possible. 
  • Check gutters for any debris or damage.  Overflowing gutters can cause damage to your roof and can also lead to leaks.  If parts of your gutter system are damaged, replace them promptly. 
  • If you have any concerns over the integrity or condition of your roof, call in a professional to inspect your roof. 
  • If you notice any leaks in your home (like water spots on the ceiling) call in professionals ASAP and have them inspect your roof and check for any structural damage.  Depending on the level of the water damage, it might also be wise to have a check done for mold. 

As always, if you suspect that roof repair, or even roof replacement, is in your near future, call on Williams Construction Company.  We offer quality and efficient service and are proud to serve our Polk County friends and neighbors.  Give us a call and make sure you (and your home) stay nice and dry!