As spring season arrives, most Floridians begin to take back their backyards with spring cleaning. As you ensure your house and yard are ready for spring, make sure you remember to check the roof! Don’t let Florida’s mild winters fool you. Our damp and often salty conditions can, and will, take a toll on your exterior. With summer thunderstorms on the way, springtime is actually the “best time,” to have a trusted Florida roofing contractor make sure your roof is up to par.
In order to ensure your Florida roof is ready for summer’s heat, humidity, and heavy storms, we’ve compiled a list of Spring Cleaning Maintenance tips for your Florida Roof and home…
ROOF IT RIGHT’S SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST FOR FLORIDA HOMEOWNERS:
Florida roofs need yearly maintenance. Springtime is the perfect weather window to perform said maintenance before summer’s onslaught of afternoon thunderstorms. A little TLC now, will end up saving you the money and hassle of having to make repairs during rainy season.
Clean The Gutters
Worn or failing gutters could be an indicator that there are other problems with your roof. Though temperatures are mild, Florida’s winters batter your gutter systems with rotting leaves, twigs, and debris. Clogged gutters can lead to serious issues that could affect the value of your home, including foundation damage. Cleaning your gutters and/or ensuring they have proper flow, is one of the easiest ways to avoid future roof repairs and roof replacement.
When cleaning the gutters, start at the top by removing all the leaves, twigs and debris on the surface. Then address the downspout, make sure it is clear and allows water to drain away from the home. Consider temporarily removing the downspout from the gutter system for easier access and cleaning. Be sure to check for signs of separation or sagging in your gutter system. When in doubt call a Florida roofing professional to address.
Trim Tree Branches
Untrimmed trees are a roof’s worst nightmare. From the mildest of winds, to a major hurricane; when weather interacts with trees, it causes debris to fall on your roof. Tree branches, leaves, foliage, and other debris, all take a toll on your gutter and drainage system, and can damage shingles or even create leaks. If a tree limb is over the roof? Trim it. If it’s close to the roof? Trim and/or keep a close eye on how it effects roof system in storms or high winds. Once again springtime in Florida provides the perfect weather window to assess and correct.
“Go Up” In The Attic
If your home has an attic, head up and do a quick visual inspection. If you are able to see any evidence of water damage, wood rot, or mold; these are signs of roof damage that needs to be addressed. Contact a trusted local Florida roofing contractor and have an expert take a look.
Schedule A Roof Inspection
If you’re still in doubt? Schedule a roof inspection. An inspection from any reputable Florida roofing contractor will put you at ease, and ensure your roof is shipshape. A roof inspector will go over every part of the roofing system, looking for leaks, wear and tear, debris damage, organic growth or foundation issues, even problems that may have resulted from prior repairs. An inspection provides piece of mind that any possible small problems are addressed, and helps avoid major issues in the future.
We hope you can make use of our Florida roofing spring cleaning tips, and kick off the season with a clean and healthy roof. Spending a little time now will go miles towards keeping your roof system in good health for the foreseeable future. If you need any assistance with the process, our professionals at Roof It Right are here to help. Contact us today for Florida’s preeminent roofing experience. Proudly serving Jacksonville, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, and surrounding areas.