Florida might be known as the ‘Sunshine State’ thanks to an average of 252 days each year with no rain, but we’re also one of the wettest states thanks to high humidity and an active hurricane season. In fact, Florida has been hit by twice as many hurricanes as Texas! It’s no surprise that all of that rain, wind, hail—and even direct sunlight—has an impact on your home, with the potential to cause wear and tear or even damage. Check out some of the ways that Florida weather impacts your home below.
Rain, Hail, and Water Damage
Homes in Florida can see anywhere from 40–60 inches of rain per year, with Palm Harbor getting around 51 inches. And during the rainy season (May–October) it’s not uncommon to see a rain shower every single day. Hail is rare in Florida, but not impossible. Hailstones as small as ¾” can bruise or damage your asphalt shingles, increasing the risk of cracks and leaks.
All of this precipitation can do a number on your home, especially if your roof is already in need of some repairs. Water can easily find its way inside through even the most miniscule cracks and gaps in your tile or asphalt shingles—and it doesn’t take much for a small leak to turn into a big mold problem. If you suspect your roof is leaking, make arrangements to have it repaired quickly to avoid any further damage.
A gentle breeze coming off the ocean might not do too much damage to your home, but hurricane-force winds are a different story. Wind speeds of 47–54 mph can rip asphalt shingles off of your roof, and winds of over 70 mph (such as during a hurricane) can be violently destructive.
Sun and UV Damage
Asphalt shingles are an incredibly common roofing material in Florida and for good reason—they’re durable, relatively inexpensive, and easy to install. However, since asphalt shingles are oil-based, they become dry and brittle after baking in the sun for long periods of time, shortening their lifespan.
At No1 Home Roofing, we’re proud to help homeowners in the Tampa Bay area with their roofing needs. From answering common roofing questions to completing repairs, replacements, and installations, we’re here for you every step of the way. Visit our website or call (727) 477-9995 to get started today!