Florida has a subtropical climate that is prone to tropical cyclones. Both of these conditions mean that homeowners need to be doubly careful when maintaining the roofs of their homes.
Regardless of whether the roof of your Florida home is new or has been around for some time, there are certain things you need to do to ensure that it stays in top shape for a very long time.
Replacing old roofs can be very expensive. If you follow a few tips, you can maintain the roof and extend its life.
To begin regular roof maintenance, you need to make sure that the gutters are cleaned regularly. Failure to clean your gutters can lead to clogged and overcrowded gutters. This can destroy walls, siding, and even wet basements.
The profile of the gutter allows the leaves to pile up, and if that pile gets too deep, rainwater will rot them. Therefore, make it a goal to clean your gutters at least two or three times a year, and especially after storms. Pull all the leaves off the roof if you can before they get into the gutter.
Pruning annoying trees on a regular basis can reduce this problem and prevent overlooking branches on trees from damaging your roof. Shingles are especially prone to such damage. Overhanging branches allow rodents and squirrels easy access to your roof. These pests can gnaw on the roof and damage it. If they find their way into your home through various vents and other openings, your home is all the more vulnerable. Branches of trees should be at least 10 feet from the roof to keep pests at bay. That way, you can avoid the abrasion that low-hanging branches over your roof can cause, and often cause shingles or tiles to come loose from their position.
After any major storm or strong wind, an inspection of your roof can help you find missing or loose shingles. You can even spot such damage without having to climb the roof, which is very risky. Use binoculars to inspect all parts of your roof for damage. Lightning can also be damaged at all openings, such as ventilation slots, chimneys and skylights. If you find any damage, contact your local roofing company and have them repaired.
The parts of roofs that have been exposed to shade for a long time in times of high humidity are stained with fungus, algae and mold. Failure to check the box can lead to the deterioration of your roofing material and, ultimately, a reduction in the life of the roof. You then have to deal with leaks and other problems. Installing zinc strips on the roof ridge can inhibit mold growth.
Hiring a knowledgeable and professional roofer can be a huge asset. Your roofer needs to be a professional who is in the business and is familiar with the type of roof you have. They are more than likely to give your roof the attention it needs as your inspection can sometimes lead you to miss certain issues. An expert will not do this as his livelihood and continued business depend on his competence.
Make sure that the underside of your roof is also considered during such inspections, as these are often the first signs of problems due to leaks or damaged roofing. Problems with the roof support structure can also be easily identified, and necessary repairs can then be made. It’s a good idea to look at ridge tiles, vents, chimneys, and any other openings and see if they are working properly. Defects can ultimately affect the roof and lead to urgently needed repairs.
Frequent maintenance and inspection of your roof will greatly extend its life and reduce the inconvenience of damaged roofs.