That said, everyone wants to extend the life of their residential roof while keeping it secure.
With sound maintenance practices, you should expect about 20 years of effective life from your roof before its needs start to become more expensive. Many roofing manufacturers estimate a service life of 30 years, but this doesn’t take harsh Florida weather into account.
Here are the five simplest ways to keep your roof working better for longer:
1. Look Out For This Subtle Symptom Of Roofing Problems
Many different ills can befall your roof, but it’s crucial to keep an eye out for issues that are easy to overlook. In our experience, shingle curling – which is sometimes thought of as a cosmetic nuisance – often acts as the first sign a roof has deeper problems. Curling can be caused by hot weather, but it can also be a sign moisture is “baking” the shingle from below.
2. Check Out The Flashing, Too
Loose and bent flashing is a common worry on Florida roofs, especially in the high heat of summer. Flashing is the metal used to reinforce certain joints and protrusions in the roof, such as vent pipes. It is usually not intended to last longer than 10 years, and will start to crack around that time. Loose flashing is effectively useless and should be repaired right away.
3. Get A Roofing Inspection Early
If you spot the first signs of trouble, it’s critical to get a roofing inspection done as soon as you can. An annual roofing inspection ensures that roofing woes are found before they can worsen. It gives your roofing team the insights they need to do a fast, effective roof repair and keep your overall maintenance costs down. An inspection before hurricane season is especially wise.
4. Get Repairs Done As Soon As You Can
The temptation to put off roof repair can be a costly one. Even if damage to your roofing system isn’t severe yet, it only takes a small amount of moisture to wreak havoc. The brunt of the damage may be under the surface layer of the roof, where it can’t be seen. This leads in time to a full roof replacement, which is a much bigger investment. When it comes to roofing, don’t delay!
5. Don’t “Roof Over” As A Quick Fix
Back in the old days, it was common for roofers to “roof over” small leaks. This simply means adding a new layer of shingles over the existing layer. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work: You end up making an already weakened area of your roof that is much more prone to damage. For best results, cracked or broken shingles should always be completely removed and replaced.
To find out more or schedule your roof repair, just contact Plair Homes today.