Remember these tips as you get your roof ready for the new year:
1. Check For Damaged And Peeling Roof Shingles
Most minor roof problems can be diagnosed right from ground level, starting with the health of your shingles. You will usually be able to notice cracked and peeling shingles very easily. While small cracks are nothing to worry about, peeling is a problem: The “bald patches” are more vulnerable to water infiltration than virtually any other part of your roof.
2. Examine And Clean Out Your Roof’s Gutters
In Florida, we don’t have to worry nearly as much about fall foliage affecting the roof. After all, when was the last time a palm tree came around and clogged up your gutter? Still, you should take a quick look and clean it out, too. Notice a sparkly residue? This indicates surface granules from your roof shingles. Unless the roof is brand new, it’s a sign of deterioration.
3. Poke Around In Your Attic
Your attic can disclose signs that you need residential roofing service. First of all, check for evidence of moisture in the attic. If there hasn’t been rain recently, but the atmosphere still feels damp, you may have micro-leaks or need new insulation. Speaking of which, insulation does erode in time and can contribute to a hotter home and higher cooling costs.
4. Check On Your Roof Flashing
Roof flashing is used to reinforce joints and other structural weak points around a roof. The flashing is most obvious around a roof’s ventilation pipe and chimney. However, damage won’t be as easy to see here as it is on shingles. To confirm warping, dents, or cracks, you may need to get on a ladder. You can also use binoculars, a good camera, or even a drone.
5. Look At Your Recent Electric Bills
Floridians swear by their air conditioning, and Jacksonville is no exception. Compare current electric bills to the same time last year to see if you’re spending more. Assuming your electric company has not raised rates lately, a deteriorating roof can be one culprit behind a bigger bill. Roof or insulation damage inhibits the natural air flow within the structure.
6. Call The Residential Roofing Professionals
The sooner you call up a local roofing team, the easier it’ll be to get your job done. A residential roofing inspection should be performed at least once every two years for a shingle roof. We strongly recommend an annual inspection schedule, especially when an active hurricane season is winding down. A little prevention can save you a lot of money in the long run.
A house isn’t a home without a reliable roof. Plair Homes is the trustworthy Jacksonville team that will help you keep that roof in brilliant working condition. Fall is the best time to give us a call. To get started, contact us today.