The weather in Florida can be unpredictable, to say the least. One minute the sun is shining and the next there’s a monsoon bearing down on you. Plus, let’s not forget the oppressive heat and humidity. It’s a lot to deal with. Those swings can take a toll on you and your home. Weather, be it extreme or not, can beat up your house over time and repairs can build up if left unchecked. Here are some of the ways weather can damage your home. Take note so you can protect your home and keep it in good condition.
Anyone that’s lived in Florida for a few years has probably experienced a hurricane, or something close to it. Winds don’t have to reach those speeds to do damage to a home, though. High winds can pull the shingles off a roof, uproot trees and plants in the yard, topple power lines, and send projectiles through windows. There is a threat when the winds kick up, so it’s important to strap down everything you can to keep it from becoming a dangerous projectile.
Often, it feels like it will never stop raining. Yes, we all need water to survive and plants do too, but not that much. Heavy rainfall will overload gutters, making the water fall next to the house. Over time, that water will saturate the ground and damage the foundation. Once the ground reaches saturation and the water has nowhere else to go, it will find a place to travel. It will find it’s way into your house and threaten contents in the home and the structure of the home. Water will always find the path of least resistance. If there is a tiny gap or hole in your roof, water will find it. Once it’s in, it soaks into the drywall and starts to leave telltale signs it’s there.
Sunlight is great when you are laying on the beach with a cold drink in your hand and a towel under your butt. Too much sunlight, however, can damage your house just as it can damage your skin. The sun’s UV rays start to break down your driveway after a while. The constant bombardment starts to break down the particulate in the sealer and create cracks. Additionally, those same UV rays fade the paint and siding on the outside and everything on the inside. Look at the side of the curtain that faces the window; it will be lighter the other side facing the room.
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