How Warm Weather Can Affect Your Flat Roof

January 8, 2021

Buildings rely on the roof to maintain the structural integrity of the space. In most cases, building owners and homeowners alike take preventative steps to protect their roofs from Florida’s extreme storms. However, something as seemingly harmless as a hot, summer day can damage a flat roof. We recommend you keep an eye out for these three potential problems, especially if you are residing in South Florida.

Roof Blistering 

A roof that allows water to penetrate through is an issue that needs to be dealt with swiftly. Florida’s high temperatures combined with precipitation water and humidity can gradually lift the felt off a roof.  This eventually leads to roof blistering, which can only be repaired if caught in the early stages. If blisters are left unattended, they could damage the roof beyond repair. Garabar recommends that you inspect your roof for blistering once a month. Roof blistering typically takes the form of small holes or craters on the surface of your roof. The sun is more intense in communities near the beach like Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Palm Beach, so it is important to keep an eye on.

Moisture Damage

Florida roofs are no stranger to moisture. It is vital to keep a close eye on your roof’s moisture build-up. If moisture is allowed to collect for too long, mold and fungus can grow. If left in the South Florida heat, the mold and fungus can spread at an increased rate, which can lead to potential health problems and compromise your roof’s draining capacity.  Be sure to do a personal inspection once a month in your attic and crawl space to ensure that your roof is not enabling mold and fungus growth.

Thermal Cycle Issues

During the summer, a roof is exposed to various weather conditions. Flat style roofs tend to expand and contract as the conditions fluctuate, which can lead to water leaks. An excellent way to prevent this kind of damage is to apply breathable PVC material to help your roof withstand the condensation and thermal cycles.

Flat roofs, just like any, should have regular inspections. If you suspect any of these issues are occurring, contact Garabar Roofing today. Most roofing problems become worse with time or result in a full roof replacement. Garabar offers free assessments. Get yours today by calling (561) 337-6198.

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5 Factors That Affect The Longevity Of Your Commercial Roof

The life expectancy for a roof can range anywhere between 10 to 40 years, depending on the proper maintenance it receives. There is a multitude of factors that go into how long your roof can last. Proper care and maintenance can mean a life expectancy difference of up to 10 years more. Garabar recommends that you keep on eye on these 5 areas to ensure you get the most of your investment.

Installation

It is essential to ensure that your roof was installed by a reputable, licensed, and insured roofing contractor. The roof you are investing in is something that you want to guarantee will hold up through fluctuating climates and Florida’s famous hurricanes. If a roof is not installed correctly, it can lead to potentially serious issues like sagging or leaking. Not only does this decrease the life of your roof, but it can lead to structural damage throughout the entire house or building.

Roofing System

To ensure that your roof will last as long as you need it to, invest in quality materials for your roof. There are several viable options for quality materials. The most popular roofing material in America is the asphalt shingle because it offers the best trade-offs among beauty, durability, energy efficiency, and durability. However, when it comes to longevity in Palm Beach County, asphalt shingles pale in comparison to tile and metal roofs, which can last up to 45 years. The summers in Lake Worth can be brutal and having a roof that can stand up to the heat is critical.

Weather

While Garabar can’t control the weather in South Florida, but we can help you protect your roof from its harsh conditions. Extreme weather like rain, wind, and heat can take a toll on your roof if you don’t take the proper precautions. Be sure to do a monthly self-inspection of your roof to guarantee these weather conditions aren’t tarnishing the longevity of your roof. Fortunately, we use roofing products that are designed to deliver active resistance to harsh UV rays.

Maintenance

Almost all significant roof damage starts as something minor and inexpensive to repair. If you notice wear and tear on your roof, be sure to have it inspected routinely to ensure there are no avoidable issues to address that could turn into more expensive problems. We have trucks on the road offering free assessments in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton and beyond so you are never too far from our help.

Proper Ventilation

Excessive heat is one of the most common reasons a roof can need repair or replacement sooner than expected. To avoid this damage, invest in a roof that offers UV protection and guarantees that it is properly ventilated, so your roof stays as cool as possible. Not only does this keep your roof in good condition, but it can also help lower your utility bills.

Excessive heat is one of the most common reasons a roof can need repair or replacement sooner than expected. To avoid this damage, invest in a roof that offers UV protection and guarantees that it is properly ventilated, so your roof stays as cool as possible. Not only does this keep your roof in good condition, but it can also help lower your utility bills.

Did you find a potential problem during your self-inspection? Garabar’s assessments are always free, so your time and money are never wasted. Get yours today by calling 561-337-6798.

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Sealing a roof can be an important part of a comprehensive roof maintenance program that extends the life of your roofing system. A tile roof may cost as much as a car…sometimes even more. Yet many homeowners do not maintain their roof like they do their car. The result can be a series of costly and largely preventable repairs. Over the years, the roof takes quite a beating, especially during the rainy and hurricane season when a good maintenance program becomes all the more important.

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