Weather and Your Roof – How to Stay Safe

Written by Ayesha Saini, Ryan Winter LLC contributing writer

As the largest physical component of your building, the roof takes the most in terms of blazing sun, rough winds, heavy rains and hail. 

Protecting your roof from wind and hail damage is no mean feat – especially if you have an asphalt shingle roof. If the granules get knocked off, there could be bruising, cracking. And eventually, this leads to roof leaks that pose more severe property and health issues. 

For this reason, a reputed Jacksonville roofing company will vouch for the superior benefits of installing a tile or metal roof. Metal and tiles roofs stand up to weathering more efficiently, but still need some attention and yearly maintenance to stay healthy. The Cache Roofing team in Jacksonville are tile and metal roofing experts in Northeast Florida

Spotting Roof Damage Due to Hail, Rain and Wind

Hail is frozen precipitation that gets picked up by moisture from rain carried by upward air currents. These ice forms can range in size from tiny crystals to specs of dust or pea-sized marbles to golf ball-sized stones. 

When hail hits your roof, the resultant damage may require you to hire a professional roofing company in Jacksonville without delay. 

As your trusted Jacksonville roofing company, we ensure to use premium materials from the state’s top-rated suppliers to improve your roof’s longevity. 

Shingle and Wood Shakes

Depending on the severity, hail and wind can curl or lift roof shingles and break the sealing bond between them. This creates an opportunity for granules to loosen or the shingles can come off entirely. 

This situation leaves your roof surface vulnerable and the underlayment more exposed to precipitation. 

Finally, dents or marks will form on the roofing material and reduce its structural integrity. Therefore, the material’s lifespan and efficiency are affected. 

A roof water leak can develop with the smallest of hail impacts. Repeated assault on shingles can cause cosmetic damages, too, such as premature discoloration. Wood roofs succumb to particularly visible impact marks from hail, such as splits and cracks. 

In contrast, metal and tile roofs can withstand the heaviest of hailstones.

 Metal and Tile Roofs

There are several reasons why an established Jacksonville roofing company like Cache Roofing relies on metal and tile to protect your home. Both tile and metal roofs are durable and long-lasting for over 50 years. 

Metal offers maximum wind resistance, provided it is correctly installed. However, a too-thin layer can corrode with continuous exposure to rain or hail.

Even when hailstones are heavy, they may leave behind no more than a few scratches or indentations. Moreover, temperature extremities cannot puncture, break or crack the material.

Tile roofs, especially concrete tile roofs with a low-pitch, resist hail spectacularly. They act as a significant barrier to hail, wind and rain, and they don’t rust with prolonged exposure. Plus, the material is weighty and firmly bonded; therefore, it doesn’t dislodge during hurricane season when Florida sees strong winds.

Should You Use a Roofing Felt or Call Your Jacksonville Roofing Company?

You may have seen some residents in your neighborhood covering their roofs with tarps. This process is called emergency tarping, done as a temporary solution to protect a roof from further hail and rain damage. 

Also known as a whitepaper, this tarp supposedly helps homeowners have peace of mind. However, its effectiveness is debatable.

Rather than trying to cover up your roof after it suffers significant damage, hire a Jacksonville roofing company for regular maintenance. As a general rule, get a roof inspection at least once a year. Your roof technicians can spot potential issues, assess current damage and get to roof repairs on time. 

Repairing Your Roof After Storm and Hail Damage

Meteorologists classify hurricane-force winds as anything over 74 miles per hour. Hailstorms occur for around 15 minutes, mostly with strong winds accompanying them. Either of these can knock the roof shingle granules loose. Furthermore, debris can clog the gutters and lead to standing water. 

Our standard roof repair process includes:

In the case of roof punctures or damaged decking, we may reinstall a new layer of sheathing. We also remove the rotten section of the current underlayment and add a new one. 

Your Jacksonville roofing company experts use a roof sealant on the suspected water entry or re-roof the water-damaged areas (depending on the type of roof). We replace the damaged flashing and caulk or tar the worn sealant.  

Sometimes, roof vent boots or pipe covers may get deteriorated. When the attic is not adequately ventilated, moisture can collect and breed mold—the energy efficiency of the entire home decreases. Hence, we replace the cracked boots to prevent leakage. 

Roof vent damage may happen due to the natural contraction and expansion with changing seasons. If you see these signs, you may have an under-ventilated roof:

  • A hot ceiling on a sunny day
  • Thick ice ridges on the eaves in winter
  • Moisture, debris, or condensation on rafters and roof sheathing 

Call the Best Roofing Company in Jacksonville Today

Hiring a Jacksonville roofing company can help evaluate the extent of the destruction. We spot roof leaks and identify the problem’s source by looking up the pitch, sideways and horizontally. 

Based on our assessment, we can suggest if it is time for a roof replacement. Call Cache Roofing today.

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