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Top Reasons for Damaged Residential Roofs During the Fall

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Top Reasons for Damaged Residential Roofs During the Fall

As the leaves begin to fall, many homeowners and business owners become concerned over upcoming roof maintenance and repairs. Although the changing of seasons should be looked forward to, it can cause problems for your roofing system if you do not prepare accordingly.

We can’t prevent roofs from sustaining damage, and we can take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs and unnecessary business closures. The following is a list of the most common reasons for damaged residential roofs during the fall season in Florida:

Wind Damage

With wind speeds picking up in many areas, it is essential to ensure adequately secured roofs. Whether it is a new roof installation or a re-roofing project, it’s vital to ensure that you have your roof inspected. Then, repair any damage with immediate care before the wind speeds pick up again in the future.

Winds can cause severe damage to your shingles, rip off gutters and downspouts, push over trees with weak root systems, or tear through unsecured vents or skylights.

Hanging Trees/Branches

Although it is rare for a roof to collapse due to a fallen tree limb, it does happen on occasion. During windy days large branches can break free from trees and elevate, slamming into your roof as they go. Often a single heavy branch can cause a great deal of damage to residential roofs or waterproofing membranes.

If you suspect that a tree near your property may pose such an issue, contact a professional immediately. They can determine whether it needs to be removed for the safety of your property or not.

Water Damage

During the fall, rainstorms may typically appear in most areas of Florida at least once or twice a month. Although it may not seem like much, these storms can cause severe damage if water is allowed to pool on your roof for extended periods. When this happens, it’s essential to ensure that you have gutters free of debris and properly draining.

If you notice standing water on your roof, take action right away to avoid further damage. 

If you already leak, contact our roofer as soon as possible to determine whether or not it is major.

Blocked Gutters/Downspouts

In addition to keeping gutters clear of debris, it’s essential to make sure that they are properly draining away from your home. If water is allowed to sit against your siding, it can cause extensive damage to your foundation and walls.

To avoid this issue, have your gutters regularly inspected to ensure they are free of debris or other blockages. If necessary, contact an experienced gutter repair service to clean out clogs or redirect water flow.

Fallen Leaves

During the fall, leaves begin to drop from the trees. If left untouched on your roof, these fallen leaves can cause extensive damage to your residential roofing system.

Aside from causing water pooling on your roof, dead leaves can block gutters. This can lead to foundation issues, as previously mentioned. Therefore you must keep an eye out for any excessive leaf build-up on your roof.

Remove any excess leaves yourself or have an experienced roofing service take care of the issue for you. Beware that if left unattended, this could lead to severe problems in the future.

Roof Inspections/Repairs

In the fall, homeowners may not be as familiar with their roofs’ condition as they would in the spring or summer. Because of this, many people put off regular roof inspections until warmer weather returns. However, fall is the best time to get your roof inspected and fixed as damaged residential roofs can be stressful for you.

Get A Free Roof Inspection From SouthShore Roofing & Exteriors

If you’re a homeowner in the Central Florida area and are interested in a roof inspection, contact SouthShore Roofing & Exteriors today. When you schedule your appointment with us, we’ll send out an experienced technician to inspect your entire roof for any signs of damage or required repair work before the harsh winter season sets in. You can also keep in touch with us at our Facebook page

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