Living in Florida has many perks, like endless sunshine and close proximity to beautiful natural resources. But, most Florida homeowners also know how unpredictable the weather can be, including severe thunderstorms that may last for an hour or multiple days.
With this increased amount of rain, Florida roofs must be engineered to withstand large amounts of water and properly channel it from your home. If your roof wasn’t installed properly, you can find yourself with more problems, especially stemming from water damage.
The Threat of Water Damage to Your Roof
Water damage can happen in many different ways, whether from an intense storm or increased amounts of moisture in our air. Most often, water damage can affect your home if you have incorrect water drainage, warped flashing, or damaged shingles. If you have a flat or low sloped roof, water damage can occur when water begins ponding on the top of your roof and remains there.
Water damage presents many different threats if left untreated or unnoticed. These threats include:
- Mold and mildew which can cause future health problems.
- Damage to your rafters, framing, and exterior which compromises the structure and appearance of your home.
- Ceiling and attic damage that requires more repairs.
- Decreased efficiency leading to higher energy bills.
Four Ways to Spot Water Damage
Notice Leaks or Water Spots on Ceilings and Walls
The most telling sign that your roof has suffered water damage is brown spots or discoloration on your ceilings or walls. Leaks are easier to spot and alert you immediately that there is something wrong upstairs.
If you notice new stains that run down your wall, this could be a sign that water damage has occurred. You should inspect your attic to confirm your water damage suspicions. Common signs of water damage in your attic include mold or mildew, exposed sunlight through rafters, or a sagging roof.
Your Roof Has Missing or Damaged Shingles
Another clue that your roof might be suffering from water damage is missing or damaged shingles on your roof. After any major storm or weather system moves through, you should inspect your roof to ensure that no damage has occurred. Shingles can become damaged or removed during a heavy storm, exposing your roof to the elements.
Roofs installed with proper underlayment shouldn’t be an area of concern, as quality underlayment temporarily protects your roof deck from moisture damage or punctures. When shingles are missing, moisture can saturate the roof desk causing more problems for the security and structural integrity of your home.
There is Debris on Your Roof
You should make sure that your roof doesn’t have debris laying on top of it. Limbs and other debris can weaken your roof or puncture critical aspects of your roof. Leaf piles also threaten your roof as they retain water and can cause your roof to sag, or worse, push moisture into your attic. It’s best to be safe and take care of any debris as soon as possible to protect your roof and your home.
Roof Components are Rotting or Damaged
Your roof is made up of many different components, with each playing a crucial role in protecting your home. If one is compromised, more damage will follow. You should make a visual inspection of your roof often, especially during storm season. Be sure to keep an eye on the following parts of your roof:
- Flashing: where your roof meets a vertical wall/chimney
- Roof deck: the structure that roofing materials are attached to
- Gutters: ensure they are free from debris or rust
- Skylights and Chimneys
If any of these look abnormal, call one of our roofing specialists to inspect your roof and diagnose if water damage is present.
Trust the Roofing Experts at McFall Residential Roofing
It’s best to be proactive when it comes to potential water damage. Repairing your roof is just one of the ways that McFall Residential Roofing prioritizes your home’s safety. With a wide range of roofing services, count on our team to inspect your roof, diagnose any issues, and find solutions for your roofing problems.