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Miramar Beach Roofing: Article About Beach Front Roofing Maintenance Concerns

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Longing for a warm and sunny location, many people dream of the day that they can own beachfront property. The reality is that those beautiful days are often punctuated by severe thunderstorms and hurricanes. A home on the beach, or even anywhere near one, has a unique set of maintenance challenges. An experienced Miramar Beach roofing company can help homeowners develop a maintenance strategy that will protect the home and keep it in good repair.

Even if a home is not directly on the beach with waves crashing poetically against the shore, a home near the ocean is subject to the effects of salt air. Salt facilitates the chemical processes that lead to rust and other metal corrosion. This means that metal flashing, the most common type, is likely to degrade faster than it would in an inland climate. When flashing fails, the roof starts to leak. Homeowners must be vigilant about their roof maintenance. Doing so will help them to find and fix problems with their flashing and avoid costly roofing repairs. Flashing is also installed above windows where it is called a drip edge.

Just because a storm doesn't work up enough fury to be called a hurricane doesn't mean it isn't severe. Even sub hurricane force winds can blow shingles off a roof by the dozens.

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These strong winds are often accompanied by rain. The combination of the two can leave a roof unable to defend a home against moisture. Wind driven rain may not lead to immediately apparent damage. Instead, the water seeps in under the shingles and into the attic. A hot, moist attic is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Homeowners can defend against mold problems by making sure to replace all shingles that are blown off during high winds.

Finally, Florida homeowners who want their roof to last as long as possible should ensure that their attic is properly ventilated. On those bright sunny days, an unventilated attic can heat up to about 150 degrees. Even at night the attic temperature can be as high as 120 degrees. Asphalt shingles that are being heated from the sun above and a hot attic below can fail in as few as 10 years. By ensuring that there is at least one square foot of attic ventilation for every 900 feet of attic space, the attic's temperature can be brought into equilibrium with the outside air. This not only extends the life of the shingles, it may also lower cooling costs.

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