The Florida rainy season for homes runs from May 15th to October 15th. During this period, Florida receives about 70% of its annual rainfall, meaning it’s time to get ready for a season filled with heavy rains, winds and lightning. Not to mention the threat of hurricanes, since hurricane season aligns almost perfectly with these dates. Make sure you know what to be aware of to keep your roof safe during this time and what steps to take in case you need emergency roofing services.
Taking Preventative MeasuresThe best thing you can do to prepare your roof for storm season is to contact a trusted roofing company for a roof inspection on your Sarasota home. This ensures there are no faults in the structure or shingles of your roof. Another measure to take is to clean and unclog your home’s gutters. By clearing debris, rain water is able to properly drain and avoid accumulation on the roof.
Assessing Damage After the Storm
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense during a storm, so depending on the severity of the storm it may sustain some damage. The signs of damage may be as follows:
- Missing, cracked or curling shingles
- Crumbling bricks in chimney
- Crumbling roofing cement
- Drooping ceilings
- Pooling water in gutters
- Cracking, peeling or bubbling in walls
- Mold or wood rot from excess water
- Curling floor boards
- Cracked or curling roof that’s missing shingles
- Fog or moisture in glass panes
If you notice any signs of leaking in your home, cover the interior with plastic sheeting to protect the inside of your home from water damage and contact a roofing company as soon as possible.
Remember, you should never go up on the roof yourself because a damaged roof can cave in or run the risk of slips and falls. If you suspect there may be a problem with your roof, looking for signs of damage from the ground, and be sure to note any debris or imperfection you see.
Dealing with Roofing Emergencies
If you experience a roofing emergency in Tampa or Sarasota due to a storm, don’t hesitate to contact a trusted roofing company to assess the damage. The longer you wait to take care of the problem, the greater the possibility of further damage becomes.
At Westfall Roofing, our team of roofers are prepared to handle leaks, wind damage, collapsing roofs and all other types of roofing emergencies that come as a result of heavy rains in Sarasota. Our team knows the importance of quick response times after a storm and will work with you to determine the best plan of action to restore your home to its rightful state. If your roof needs a little TLC after a storm, contact Westfall Roofing!