Now that winter is just about here, you need to get your roof ready for the weather changes. In Florida, you don’t need to be overly concerned with freezing temperatures, but moisture and humidity are still issues, especially where your roof is concerned.
If you haven’t had your roof inspected in a few years, schedule one right away. Hidden damage could wreak havoc on your home this winter, especially once the rains begin to fall. Here’s what you want to check for during an inspection.
If you have a shingle roof, you need to inspect for signs of damage. Pay close attention to shingles that curl along the edges. Curled edges are caused by constant exposure to the sun. Next, feel the texture of the shingles. The surface of your shingles should feel rough, as this texture means you still have plenty of granules, which provide protection from the elements.
The granules also provide a slip-resistant surface for walking. Finally, look for areas that are missing shingles altogether. If you see signs of damage, have your roof repaired as soon as possible.
While you inspect the condition of your shingles, don’t forget to inspect your metal flashing. The flashing is the metal strips that cover the seams and valleys on your roof. You also have flashings around your fireplace and heater vents. If your flashing strips are damaged, they need to be replaced.
Florida experiences significant humidity, which leads to mold growth — even on your roof. Unfortunately, if allowed to grow and thrive, mold will destroy your shingles. While you’re on the roof, watch for signs of mold growth. If you find the green fungus, have your shingles cleaned.
- Pest Activity
Pests are another problem for Florida roofs. Pests create a variety of hazardous conditions for your roof — and for your home. Birds leave droppings that are so acidic they eat right through the shingles. Mice, raccoons, and squirrels chew right through your shingles. If you find signs of pest infestation on your roof, contact a pest control service right away. You’ll also need to have your shingles inspected.
- Water Damage
When you inspect your roof, look in the attic too. That’s where you could find signs of hidden leaks. Use a flashlight to look at the underside of your roof. If you see water marks on your attic ceiling, contact a roofing contractor right away. The water marks are a sign that your roof has a leak.
If your roof is more than 20 years old, take a close look at the overall condition of the shingles. If your repair costs have gone up over the past few years, talk to a roofing contractor about your replacement options. A new roof saves you on repair costs and makes your home more energy efficient. Not only that, but a new roof increases your property value.
Your gutters are the first line of defense against roof damage caused by water exposure. While you winterize your roof, don’t forget to take care of your gutters. First, clean the debris from inside the gutters and flush them with your garden hose. Second, repair any damage you find. Finally, install a mesh cover over your gutters. The cover prevents your gutters from filling with debris.
If have plans to get your home ready for winter, start with your roof. You don’t want leaks and other roofing issues to pop up once the rains arrive. If you have issues with your roof,contact us at Affordable Roofing. We’re here for all your roofing needs.