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The Impact of Climate Change on Roofing

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With each passing day, Earth’s climate patterns undergo significant shifts due to the energy demands of the global population and the impact of each carbon footprint. Such shifts result in extreme heat, changing precipitation patterns, and more frequent extreme weather conditions that pose significant challenges for everyone and everything, including the roofing industry. As climate change continues to unfold, understanding and adapting to its impact on your roofing system becomes crucial to ensure your roof’s resilience and sustainability in the face of a changing climate.

Climate Change and Roofing in Florida

Evolving climate changes have long been a challenge for roofing systems, especially in Florida.

The following changes in weather are happening in Florida more than ever before:

  • Increased precipitation and moisture levels: Moisture from rain can affect wooden shingles which leads to a contraction in wooden roof shingles that causes them to expand. Over time, this can lead to leaks, softened roofing, significant damage, and collapse.
  • Extreme heat: Severe heat will cause shingles to turn brittle, which has led to the life expectancy of shingles installed in Florida being reduced by 10 years.
  • Intense hail: Hailstorms are becoming more prevalent in Florida. The strong and hard projectiles cause roof damage such as dents, weak spots, craters, and holes.
  • High winds: Extreme weather conditions such as high winds cause significant roof damage by either tearing shingles or blowing them off the roof completely. This can lead to leaks in the home, causing additional interior damage.
  • Acid rain: Precipitated from the ocean and becoming acidified from pollutants, acid rain can damage your roof through a slow erosion process that can deteriorate your roof and shorten its lifespan, especially if it contains asphalt materials.
  • Extreme storms: The devastating power of tornadic activity and hurricane-force winds and rain continue to threaten Florida homes each year. Climate change has only increased the frequency and severity of such natural disasters that regularly destroy Florida roofs.

The above effects of climate change on Florida roofing systems stress the importance for homeowners to prepare their homes for any possible harsh weather conditions. If you are local to the Central Florida area, have your roof professionally inspected, repaired, or replaced before storm season ramps up. For dependable, local roofing services, look no further than the experienced roofers at RBS Construction & Roofing.

Get Ahead of the Storm with RBS Roofing

With 35 years’ experience in the roofing industry, RBS Construction & Roofing is a locally- and family-owned and operated roofing business in Orlando, Florida. Our team of veteran craftsmen provides superior residential and commercial roof installations and repairs in the Central Florida area.

If you need high-quality and affordable roofing services, call the professionals at RBS Roofing at (689) 304-9605 to schedule an inspection today.