Asphalt roofing is by far the most common type of roof material used in Florida and throughout the US, and while it is very affordable and effective - you are eventually going to need a professional roof repair.
What should you expect? What should you be on the lookout for? Here are the five most common roof repairs that you are likely to face at one time or another throughout the life of your roof.
1. Soffit & Fascia Damage
Soffit and fascia and the underlying fascia board are a part of the overall roofing system of a house. Aside from aesthetic issues, soffit and fascia let your house "breathe," keep out rainwater and rodents, and lend structural support to the roof eaves.
Wind can rip off fascia and soffit pieces, and water can rot out your fascia boards. That kind of situation needs to be repaired before a costly roof leak develops as a result.
2. Gutter-related Roof Damage
Gutters and downspouts are themselves a part of your roofing system, but aside from getting damaged themselves, they can cause damage to your roof, home, and foundation.
When gutters are not cleaned out annually, they may overflow and rot out the fascia board. Worse, the water may get inside and destroy drywall on a ceiling or wall. Plus, sagging gutters may overflow and send streams of water straight at your home's foundation.
3. Flashing & Drip Edge Damage
Another common problem is when strong Florida winds rip up flashing, bend it, or tear it completely off. Drip edge - which is just flashing for the eaves of the roof, frequently falls victim to storms and strong wind gusts.
Without proper flashing in roof valleys, around the eaves, around chimneys and vents, and along hip walls, water can get under your shingles and do all kinds of damage.
4. Rotted Out Roof Decking
Roofing shingles are designed to create a water barrier that will protect everything below it - including immediately below, meaning the roof deck.
When water manages to get below the shingles, however, or when moisture accumulates sub-shingle due to attic overheating and/or ventilation problems, your roof deck could begin to weaken, warp, mold, mildew, or rot.
Making sure you have good underlayment between roof deck and shingle helps, and quality roofing materials and installation helps prevent roof-deck damage. But if a problem occurs, the shingles will have to be taken up in the relevant area and that whole are re-roofed.
5. Shingle-related Roof Repairs
Hot Florida summers can take their toll on your roofing shingles. Over time, shingles may warp, bubble, become brittle, or crack and fall off. The wind may blow already-weakened shingles off the roof. Heavy rainstorms can take advantage of any weak points created by climate and weather events to open up a roof leak.
An occasional bout of hail can permanently compromise the integrity of a shingle, greatly shortening how long it will last. And wind-borne objects in a hurricane or falling tree limbs may do serious damage to roofing shingles as well as to the roof structure itself.
Whatever your specific roof repair needs or the exact cause of it, every roof repair is urgent. Some repairs are more urgent than others and qualify as roofing emergencies. For immediate assistance with all your roofing needs, for a free quote, contact Sheegog Contracting in Central Florida today. We can also give you advice on how to prevent future roof repairs.