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Roofing issues can and do happen to homeowners who own homes in any location. However, if you live at the beach — or if you have a second home at the beach — you should know that you might need more frequent roof repairs than someone who doesn't own a home that is so close to the ocean. These are some of the reasons why this is often the case.
The Wind Can Impact Your Roof
First of all, as you probably already know, it's often quite a bit windier near the ocean than it is in areas that aren't as close to the water. The wind could cause asphalt shingles to fly off of your roof or could cause other types of roofing-related damage. If you notice that some of the shingles are missing off of your roof or if you know that winds have been particularly high lately, it's not a bad idea to have a roofing contractor come out and take a look to make sure that there is no damage.
Moisture Can Cause Issues
The moisture in the air near the beach can cause problems for your roof. It can cause mold and moss to grow, and it can even lead to premature rot of various roofing components. Installing a roofing type that is able to withstand the moisture is your best bet, but you may still need to have roofing repairs done a little more frequently.
Salt Can Cause Damage
It's no secret that there is salt in the air when you're at the beach. Believe it or not, this salt can sometimes cause damage to roofs. For example, the salt can cause the nails that hold your shingles down to rust and corrode. If you have a metal roof, there is a chance that your roof itself could be at more risk of rust and corrosion due to the salt, depending on the type of metal that your roof is made from.
Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Can Happen
Of course, one downside of living at the beach is the fact that tropical storms and hurricanes can be a concern. Not only do you have to worry about storm surge and flooding from these storms, but you also have to worry about wind damage or the damage that can be caused by flying debris during a hurricane or tropical storm. After a storm, it's a good idea to have your roof checked out just to make sure that no damage was done. If damage did occur during the storm, you may want to file a claim with your homeowner's insurance company and have the damage repaired as quickly as possible.
To learn more, contact a roofing repair service in your area.Share