We’re in the middle of a hot, wet summer in Jacksonville and the storm season is just heating up. Even though it’s hurricane season, it’s not only heavy winds you have to worry about. Water is your roof’s main enemy, and rain alone is a major threat to your roof. Here are Reliant Roofing’s top five things you can do to protect your roof against heavy summer rains.

1. Fix the Leak

If you see any water spots on your ceiling or walls, there could be a roof leak causing it. If you are unable to find the source of a leak, call a Jacksonville roofing contractor immediately to repair the leak before it causes any structural damage or mold growth. On the outside of the roof, look for dark patches or lines. These likely indicate a leak.

2. Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts

This isn’t a fun job, but it is a necessary one. While we don’t have to deal with the same leaf issues that affect people up north, it is still crucial to clean your gutters regularly. Heavy rains cause leaves, pine needles, twigs, and branches to fall and clog up gutters. Once your gutters are clogged, the water backup can damage your roof and even sometimes cause the gutters to fall over time from the excess strain from the weight of the water.

3. Check the Flashing

Flashing is the thin pieces of weatherproofing material that is designed to prevent water penetration at objects like chimneys, skylights, vent pipes, etc. Check the flashing for signs of loosening or corrosion that could render it ineffective, and that the sealant isn’t cracking or peeling away. Make sure to pay extra attention to the flashing where the roof meets a headwall or a sidewall, and roof valleys.

4. Check Your Vents

You want to be sure that your vents pass TAS 100(A) of the Florida building code. This will ensure that wind driven rain will not get into your vents and penetrate your roof. You also want to check that your vents are attached securely.

5. Have Your Roof Inspected

Having your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor will confirm that any weak points in your roof are secure and ready to take on a rainstorm. A licensed roofing contractor will also have all of the proper knowledge, tools, safety equipment, and insurance to get the job done safely.

To schedule a professional inspection, call the GAF Master Elite Certified professionals at Reliant Roofing today at 904-657-0880