Waterproofing your roof in Florida might seem counter-intuitive. After all, Florida is one of the sunniest states in the US, so what benefit could waterproofing provide?
To answer that question fully, you must first look at the purpose of a roof. A good roof is designed to protect the contents of the building it sits on top of from weather of all kinds, be it bright sunshine or pouring rain, high winds or gentle breezes. For the people inside, it makes the environment comfortable no matter what the weather is like outside.
For the building itself, a roof will prevent the sun from glaring directly down inside a set of rooms and will also help to regulate the interior temperature of the whole building. But more importantly, the roof will stop and deflect any precipitation that falls from the sky – in short, it stops the rain getting in, which isn’t just a matter of keeping people dry.
What’s rain got to do with it?
You might think that a little drop of rain here and there won’t hurt all that much, but that isn’t the case. It’s far more than an annoyance as any water getting inside the internal fabric of a building can cause damage, and you might not be able to see the full effects immediately.
It can be as simple as a few marks down the wall, which you could clean up and paint over – it’s a chore, but it’s simple enough. However, water can cause much greater damage than that. Should water get into brick walls, the bricks will be weakened. Any changes in temperature can cause the water to expand or contract, which can eventually destroy the inner structure of the bricks, leading to weak spots in your walls, and the eventual collapse of that wall.
While that may be an extreme circumstance, the more water that gets in, the more likely that is to occur. If you can do anything to prevent that kind of damage, it is better to take action sooner rather than later.
Many buildings are built with wooden frames or support structures, and a roof is commonly supported by wood beams. Should water come into contact with this wood, rot and decay may set in, weakening the support structure of the building and possibly presenting health risks with the growth of fungi. Further, the water may run along the length of the beam right to the end and make its way into the walls and cause problems as noted above.
When enough of the wood in your building has rotted, its structural integrity is compromised, and you are a strong gust of wind away from the roof collapsing – and that’s not a situation you ever want to contend with, nor would you want to expose the people inside your building to such potential danger.