While there’s nothing anyone can do about the weather, there are many things you can do to make sure you won’t need another roof replacement any time soon.
Here’s how to extend the life of your roof:
1. Schedule Annual Roof Inspections And Repairs
Ideally, a Florida shingle roof would be professionally inspected every year. A brand new roof can wait 2-3 years between inspections, except after a busy storm season. Most roof repairs start off as minor issues. Catching them early on makes them easier and cheaper to fix.
2. Keep Your Gutters Clear
Many homes in Jacksonville don’t need to worry too much about clogged gutters in the fall. Still, you should check the state of your gutter every once in a while to ensure it is intact, attached, and draining correctly. Clogged gutters place heavy, uneven pressure on your roof during rain.
3. Check Your Attic For Signs Of Damage
Your home’s roof and attic are closely linked. Even if there are no visible leaks, you can still sometimes spot problems in the attic. Visible moisture or a musty, wet smell are automatic tells that your roof needs help. You may also notice your insulation deteriorating faster.
4. Prune Trees Away From Your Roof
Even a brand new roof can be damaged by falling limbs or destroyed by a falling tree. As a long-term precaution, we recommend pruning trees back to reduce or eliminate overhanging branches. While this costs some shade, it can also save you a major headache in the long run.
5. Replace Missing Shingles Promptly
One or two peeling or absent shingles won’t necessarily mean your whole roof is ready to go. Still, you should replace visibly damaged shingles as soon as you can. Wind can easily damage adjacent shingles, and even a brief rain could penetrate the exposed underlayment of the roof.
6. Clean Your Roof The Right Way
Be sure you clean your roof in accordance with instructions from the roof system manufacturer. For example, you never want to use a power washer on an asphalt shingle roof. Harsh cleaning agents and devices can skim granules off shingle surfaces.
7. Minimize Foot Traffic On Roofs
Speaking of granules, they provide UV protection that’s essential to keeping your shingles from deteriorating in the hot sun. Aside from serious storms, foot traffic is the biggest risk factor for destroying granules. Never go up on a roof unless you absolutely have to.
8. Perform Regular Visual Inspections
After any storm, give your roof the attention it deserves. Even if you don’t notice any leaks, there can still be damage to flashing, the material that protects joints in the roof system. Look closely around features like vent pipes, skylights, and your chimney, if you have one.
When in doubt, call roofing professionals you trust to get the job done right. Plair Homes Roofing & Construction is the family-owned Northeast Florida business that’s here to help. Contact us to find out more today.