Most of us don’t even give our roofs a second thought until a leak occurs and the carpets get soaked. Periodically inspecting and maintaining the roof is what you need to do for a safe and dry homecoming.
In Florida, the windy weather often causes stress and strain on the roof that isn’t noticeable until it’s too late. You will know when it’s time to replace your roof is when…
- Start with Attic:
Climb your attic on a sunny morning and look for prominent cracks; from where the sunlight is pouring through. those could be the cracks you need to point to when the professionals come in. Remember to keep a flashlight with you when climbing the attic. Some cracks need to be seen in good light to understand the severity.
Asphalt roofs need replacing after 15-20 years in Florida. Get information from your local office about the last roof replacement that was done on your house. If you have been living in the house for the last 20 years and haven’t changed the roof, it’s high time you do. Shingle roofs last for about 15 years.
- Check the Shingles:
Now it’s the time for you to get on the roof, check the rooftop for any patches, cracks, damages, especially after a heavy storm. While up, check the gutters for any residue of shingle granules. The roof might need replacing if a lot of granules can be found. Shingles are supposed to lay flat on the surface of the roof. Any misalignment or ridges are to be checked thoroughly.
- Saggy Roof:
A saggy roof is one that seriously needs replacing. Signs of moisture, rotting, sagging are the tell-tale signs of a spoiled roof. Trapped moisture stresses the roof continuously to the point of cracking. If your roof is droopy on the edges and is in immediate danger of falling off, you should start calling roof replacement companies now.
Houseplants grown on the roof are trouble. It indicates trapped moisture and that can surely ruin a roof to its demise. Use a hard brush to get rid of mosses and check for any misaligned Shingles and granules. If the asphalt feels soft and saggy, you are in need of roof replacement. A damp, soaked roof can produce molds, which can spread inside your house with airways and chimneys to cause lung infection and pneumonia.
- What to Do from Here:
A few misplaced Shingles or a little bit of moss doesn’t mean you need to replace the whole roof. You just need to be sure that you don’t need to replace the whole roof. If your roof is below 20 years of age, it’s possible that just a repair job will suffice. In Florida, after a storm, you are advised to take professional help to inspect your roofing. If you notice your neighbors have already changed their roofs, it might be your turn the change them too. Take advice from them about the services their roofing company provided.