Anyone who’s spent a few months in Florida understands that even though it’s called the Sunshine State, we still our fair share of rain—more than 50 inches a year on average. And as any seasoned Florida resident can tell you, a good portion of that rain arrives in the late summer and early fall with our regular tropical storms and hurricanes. Sure, we may get plenty of sun in Florida, but when the rain arrives, it does so with a vengeance.
When it comes to keeping your home safe during a storm, your first line of defense is your roof. Your roof works in tandem with your gutters and downspouts to ensure rainwater is quickly and efficiently channeled away from your home. To make that happen, your roof must be able to effectively repel water. When you’re thinking about rain and storm protection for your home, the obvious question is, what on your Florida roof should be waterproofed?
If possible, start at the beginning
The ideal way to waterproof your roof begins during installation. Experts recommend that you should try to add some sort of waterproofing agent underneath your shingles or tiles when you’re putting a new roof on your home. This adds an extra layer of insulation to your home on the off chance that water makes it through the top layers.
Check the roof first
If you’re planning to add a waterproof seal to your roof, make sure it’s in good condition first. Have a professional walk the roof to perform a thorough check. Look for:
- Missing or broken shingles
- Signs of rotting fascia
- Indications of roof warping
- Cracks, gaps or holes in the roof
Once you’ve identified any problem spots, make sure to have any issues repaired before beginning the waterproofing treatment.
Seal the shingles
Once your roof is in good shape, a roofing professional will be able to use a roll-on or paint-on sealant to add an invisible, rain-proof barrier. There are various options on the market; discuss the right needs for your roof and your budget with your trusted local roofing contractor.
Don’t forget the chimney
If you have a chimney or any sort of ventilation pipe on the roof of your home, make sure to focus some of your waterproofing efforts around the base of the chimney where it meets the roof. This can be a particularly troubling location for leaks.
Let the experts help!
Should your Florida roof be waterproofed? Yes. When you come to Winter Springs Roofing & Repair, our talented team of contractors will work alongside you to find the right solution. From beginning to end, our dedicated professionals are ready and waiting to help.
Since we opened our doors in 1983, Winter Springs Roofing & Repair has excelled at a wide variety of roofing services. Need a new roof? Roofing repair? Skylight installation? Chimney maintenance? We do it all, for commercial and residential clients alike. Find out what we can do for you—call today to arrange a consultation!