If you’re a Florida native or have lived in our great state for any number of years, you’re likely very well aware of the summer storm season and all of the difficulties it can bring with it—from torrid rainfalls to high winds, to freak lightning storms and even the occasional hailstorm brought on by a massive squall! Everyone has their own way of prepping for the storm season ahead, but while you’re stockpiling food and checking your generator, it’s also a good idea to take a gander at your roof to make sure it’s up to the task of protecting your home.
Far and above the best thing you can do to protect your roof, your chimney and the rest of your home this summer is to ask about roof waterproofing in Central Florida. Your roof should already have waterproofing measures built right into it, but over time these measures can begin to fail a little—especially if your roofing hasn’t been recently serviced by a qualified professional. Take a look at five aspects of your roof that should be addressed and assessed before Mother Nature starts throwing punches:
- If you have a skylight or multiple skylights on your roof, a professional should check to make sure that the seals of these fixtures are in top condition and that they’re ready to withstand the ongoing storms that are sure to pelt them nonstop for the next couple of months. In many cases, if your skylights are determined to be at risk, waterproofing them is as simple as reapplying the seal.
- Chimneys are another common concern when it comes to waterproofing, simply because without the right measures in place water can quickly and easily creep into your home through an unprotected chimney. Whether it’s an upgrade to your masonry or simply a replacement of localized flashings on your chimney, the simplest fortifications can make the biggest difference come storm season.
- Gutters and downspouts don’t need waterproofing in Central Florida, but they’re going to be one of your first lines of defense when it comes to protecting the rest of your home from heavy rainfalls. Proper gutters will quickly jettison water away from your roof so that it doesn’t have time to seep into the framework, while downspouts will deposit it away from the base of your home, to protect against basement flooding and foundation damage.
- Flashings are defined as any metal protectorate that can be found at the seams of your roof and your flashings are going to protect heavily against intrusive water in areas of your roof that might be prone to pooling or seepage. Have a professional contractor inspect your flashings for rust or damage and replace any sections that are looking worse for the wear.
- Finally, although the most costly of the bunch, replacing any cracked or chipped tiles on your roof is going to be the best possible thing you can do to protect your home from the constant threat of storms. Even the smallest crack can quickly be infiltrated by water and once under the protective layer of tiles on your roof, water is going to wreck havoc very quickly.
Is your roof up to the task of protecting you and your home from Mother Nature’s summertime storms? Contact one of our contractors today and ask about an inspection and potential waterproofing in Central Florida to make sure you’re safe, rather than sorry.