- During the summer, temperatures soar into the 90s – a roof gets about 50 degrees hotter.
- You can expect 10 days of rainfall a month in the summer, not to mention major storms.
Let’s look at some of the most important things to know about your Jacksonville roof:
1. Your Roof Will Probably Last Fewer Years Than You Think
Many roofing manufacturers stand by the claim that a roof will last about 30 years. Unless you have a full warranty to that effect, though, it’s best to assume about 20. That takes into account all the years when wear and tear on the roof will be higher than usual.
What happens when you move into a Jacksonville home and you’re not sure about the roof’s status? If you can, try to get all the information you need about recent roof repair and warranties from the seller.
If it’s not clear when the roof was last worked on, get an inspection. Ideally, roof inspection should be part of the whole-house inspection before you buy Florida property.
2. You Should Always Get A Roof Inspection After Storms Hit
How often should you get your roof inspected? Sources differ, but here are the facts. Like going to the dentist, an ideal inspection schedule is annual. For roofs in good condition, though, every two years is sufficient – unless a hurricane or other major storm strikes.
In Florida, we know that hurricanes can leave some homes destroyed and others seemingly untouched. However, wind and water damage can still happen even if the effects aren’t visible right away.
Roof repair can extend the life of any roof, but it’s crucial to choose an expert team for the job. Otherwise, there’ll be lingering after-effects of storm damage that can become worse over time.
3. You Should Never Get Onto The Roof Or Do Roofing Work
It’s a good idea to visually inspect your roof after every major weather event. Even winds that don’t reach storm-force levels can cause loose roof shingles, peeling, or damage to your roof’s flashing.
All in all, though, it’s never a good idea for a homeowner to climb up on the roof.
A conventional shingle roof can be seriously damaged by foot traffic. Using the wrong shoes or maneuvering in the wrong way can cause cracking or punch a hole straight to the roof’s underlayment.
There’s a bigger reason to be wary: Roofing manufacturers may void your warranty for DIY roofing projects. Insurers who would otherwise cover roofing work also have rules on this.
For expert help from a roofing team you can rely on, contact Plair Homes today. We are always here to help with all your residential roofing needs.