Florida homeowners are no strangers to ever-changing weather throughout the year. From hurricanes and afternoon thunderstorms to humidity, our homes sure get a beating. High heat and ample sunshine are common in Tampa, with temperatures in the mid-90s or higher during the hottest months of the year.
Aside from the heat and humidity, high heat and sunshine can have negative effects on your gutter system. Here are three ways in which Tampa’s heat is damaging your gutters and what you can do to prevent it!
UV rays from the sun can damage an exposed roof and gutter system, even if it is cloudy or overcast. Some studies suggest that on a partly cloudy day, the UV rays beating down on your home can be 25% stronger than on a sunny day. This means that your gutters are taking on harmful UV rays more days throughout the year than you realize.
Over time as UV rays hit your gutters, they can make them susceptible to cracking or breaking.
You can protect your gutters from UV rays by:
- Planting trees to protect your home from direct sunlight
- Hire a professional like The Rhino Gutter Company to inspect your gutters seasonally
- Paint your gutters with UV-safe home exterior paint
Though sunlight and heat are almost synonymous in most people’s minds, when it comes to gutters, they have different effects. On a hot day, the internal temperature of the gutters can rise exponentially as the sun shines down on them.
If the outside temperature is 85-95 degrees, like it often is here in Tampa during the summer, the temperature of your gutters can reach nearly 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Yikes!
Combine that with UV rays, and your gutter system gets further degraded, making it weaker and less flexible. If you have plastic or vinyl gutters on your home, you may consider swapping them out for aluminum ones to help preserve them in the hotter months.
Further, as your gutters are exposed to direct sunlight, they will become buckled or warped, changing your gutter’s overall shape and loosening screws. Warped gutters allow more room for debris to build up which can form clogs.
If your gutters are already clogged, the heat will exacerbate the issue, can cause additional clogging, and could lead to cracking and gutter failure.
Say goodbye to gutter clogs and call our team at The Rhino Gutter Company to install Rhino Gutter Guards. These will protect your gutters from clogs and keep water flowing smoothly throughout your gutter system.
Thermal expansion is the increase of the linear dimensions of a solid or liquid due to a temperature rise. In layman’s terms, this means that Florida’s heat and UV rays can cause specific materials, like those your gutters are made from, to expand.
When a gutter system experiences thermal expansion, sometimes called thermal shock, it will make them vulnerable to deterioration, cracking, and buckling. If left untreated, it can lead to your gutters failing when you need them the most.
Since our hot summers are followed by hurricane season, make sure that your gutters are up to the job and aren’t damaged from the season before.
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Keep Your Gutters Protected
Keeping your gutters protected from Florida’s harsh elements isn’t an exact science. At the end of the day, there is nothing like professional advice from companies like The Rhino Gutter Company when it comes to inspecting and diagnosing problems with your gutter system.
The heat of summer will soon be here, so give us a call at The Rhino Gutter Company to protect your home today; 813-590-5936!