There are a multitude of dangers that your roofing faces on a regular basis in Florida, and only by taking proactive action can you ensure it will last as long as possible.
Keeping your roof in good condition is good for your whole house and it also saves you money. Here are 7 key ways to ensure your roofing lasts as long as possible:
1. Keep The Roof Top Clean & Clear
Sticks, dead and rotting leaves, and random debris are a detriment to your roof top. Over time, they enable mold, mildew, lichen, algae, and plant growth - all of which hurt the integrity and curb appeal of your roof. Simply keeping your roof clean can do wonders for extending its useful life!
2. Trim Back Overhanging Branches
You may like the idea of having trees near your building, but it's best to cut back any branches that may overhang your roof. Otherwise, they could break off during a storm (or just sway violently in the wind) and damage your roofing.
Plus, such branches are "highways" for mice, rodents, insects, and other "vermin" that want to get on your roof so they can break into your attic.
3. Focus On Preventing Wind Damage
You can't control the weather, but you can anticipate it. In Florida, expect a few major storms to hit from time to time - maybe even hurricane winds.
Potential wind damage to your roofing can be mitigated by investing in shingles with high wind resistance ratings to begin with. You can also make sure shingles are properly installed - as to nailing and tabs being sealed on the end. Be sure to use a trusted local roofing contractor!
4. Focus On Preventing Water Damage
A roof leak can cause a lot of expensive damage to your home's interior. To say the least, it's worth doing all you can to prevent it. Proper flashing in your roof valleys, drip edge on the eaves, and roofing cement around vents and chimneys are a must.
Also, make sure your gutters are clean because backflow from gutters often results in a roof leak.
5. Have Regular Roof Inspections Done
An annual or even twice-annual roof inspection can help head problems off at the pass and prevent them from becoming an expensive fix.
Having a professional contractor thoroughly inspect your roof will reveal any current problems, give you a head's up on developing issues, and let you know how much longer your roofing is likely to last.
6. Don't Delay Any Necessary Roofing Repairs
One of the worst things you can do to your roof is to let a repair need go unmet for extended periods of time. The longer it waits, the worse it will get - and all the while, your home may be at risk of water damage or other problems. Taking care of repairs quickly tends to extend the life of a roof.
7. Never "Roof Over" Old Shingles
If you do finally need to replace your roofing, there is always the temptation to just roof over the old shingles. But that is a big mistake. It will shorten the life span of the new shingles, make leaks more likely to occur, and you'll have to eventually remove two layers of shingles at once.
For additional tips on how to extend the life of your roofing shingles, contact the experts at Sheegog Contracting in Central Florida today!