Are you interested in learning about how to protect your roof during the rainy Florida season? Do you find yourself wondering “can the rainy season affect my roof?”
If so, then you need to learn all that you can about the rainy season in Florida. Commonly known as “the wet season”, it typically lasts from May through October. At this time, your roof must be equal to the task.
The best thing to do is create a checklist you can go through. See below for a rainy-season-ready list that you can use to make sure your roof is prepared for the wet season.
1. Perform a Roof Inspection
We recommend that you hire a professional roofing company for the job. They’ll be able to inspect the roof thoroughly and identify any issues that need to be resolved before or during the rainy season.
There could be a list of issues you’re unaware of, such as:
- Missing shingles
- Cracks in your tiles, shingles, or panels
- Rust on your metal roof
- Roof leaks
- Water spots on your ceiling
- Warped wood
The list goes on and on. The untrained eye might not be able to appropriately spot each of these problems.
More importantly, once a roofing service identifies a problem, they’ll have the experience and resources to fix it.
If you want to learn how to protect your roof during the rainy Florida season, be sure to give Massey Roofing a call. We take tremendous pride in ensuring that all Naples residence is protected from Florida storms.
We’ll also be sure to inspect the overall condition of your roof. Depending on the roof’s age and material, it may need to be replaced.
2. Clean Your Gutters
Not all Florida homes have gutter systems. Truth be told, not all of them need them in the first place, due to the sandy soil and how well the property drains on its own.
For those of you that do have gutters, be sure to clean them before the rainy season begins. If you don’t want to perform this daunting task yourself, you can hire a professional service to do it.
If you let the rainy season kick in without cleaning them out, it can lead to a massive amount of damage.
The debris in your gutters is likely to clog the drain, which will cause the water to pile up. This will cause your gutters to sag and even fall off from the weight.
It can also cause leaks in your roof or kickstart the process of dry rot for the wood underneath your roof.
Lastly, the water will overflow over the side of your gutters and cause damage to your foundation. It can also spur mold growth on your grounds and your roof.
As Florida residents well know, the rainy season is constant. Storms come and go, but they’re too frequent. Make sure your gutters (if you have them) are ready to go for the rainy months ahead.
3. Prepare the Trees
During the rainy season, there will be many torrential storms with high winds. That’s when the real damage can take place.
All it takes is one fickle (yet large) branch on a nearby tree to fall off and damage your roof. The result will be thousands of dollars in water damage to your property and your belongings.
Take the time to walk around your property and assess all of the trees and bushes in your yard.
If you see any signs of a dead tree, be sure to have it removed right away. If the entire tree is dead, then its branches will start to fall off and, eventually, the trunk will tip over. Best to be proactive.
With all overhanging branches removed, you can have more peace of mind heading into the rainy season.
4. Remove Roof Debris
You want your roof to be as spotless as possible heading into the rainy season. If you’re physically able, you can consider climbing up to remove the roof debris yourself. However, we recommend leaving it to the professionals.
During the inspection, we’ll take the time to remove any potential hazards or debris that might damage your roof.
It’s important to schedule more than one roof inspection per year. We typically advise that homeowners schedule two a year, one before the rainy season and one directly after. This allows us to make sure your roof stays in optimal condition.
5. Always Prepare for an Emergency
Rest assured that Florida homes, and their roofs, have been strategically designed to withstand the rainy season. If you follow the prior steps, you’re giving yourself the best chance for a safe season ahead.
That said, emergencies can always happen. If something happens with your roofing or siding, we want to know about it right away.
Make sure you’re investing in a high-quality roofing company, like Massey Roofing, that offers emergency tarping. That way, we can protect your home until we can make repairs once the storm subsides.
Prepare for the Rainy Season in Florida
Now that you have seen several steps that you can take to prepare for the rainy season in Florida, be sure to use them all to your advantage.
Take the time to read this page for more information on the Massey inspection process. We’ll make sure you’re kept in the loop during the live inspection.
Is your roof ready for this rainy season? Call us for a free quote at 844-784-7663 and we will be happy to assist you further.