Let’s face it, we normally don’t think about our roofs until we notice a problem. You may have avoided showing your roof some TLC until now. How do you know when to call a roofer? We always recommend airing on the side of caution, as most roofing issues are easiest to address early before they become a major problem. That said, this blog will discuss the top 5 reasons homeowners call a roofer. Use this as a guide to determine the status of your roof year to year. If you experience any of the “top 5” list below, call a trusted Florida roofing professional.
Florida Roofing Top 5:
FIND A SHINGLE / SHINGLES
Florida is windy. If you find a shingle in your yard or near your home, walk around and do a visual inspection of where the shingle came from. If it’s from the neighbors, do them a favor and let them know about the damage. Then call a trusted Florida roofing contractor. It may not mean a major problem, but a loss of a shingle is something serious enough to make the list. If you’ve got downed shingles, you need to have it addressed promptly to maintain a functioning roofing system.
A MAJOR STORM
Florida roofs constantly face severe thunderstorms. It’s common for storms to dislodge shingles (as mentioned above), knock down tree limbs, and produce flying debris. It’s a good idea to check on your roof after every “major” storm. Trust your gut, if the storm seemed “so” severe you’re concerned about the roof, call a professional. The “better safe than sorry” adage is more than applicable in this situation. You normally can’t see every nook and cranny from the ground. And a small problem is always easier to address now, before it develops into a larger problem down the road.
A HAIL STORM
You’d be surprised to find how many of the roofing calls nationwide are the cause and effect of a hailstorm. Roofs don’t like hail. A hailstorm can damage every part of the roof system. Shingles, vents, flashing, fans, gutters and drainage; everything and anything can be beaten and battered. If a hailstorm comes thru the neighborhood, call a trusted Florida roofing professional.
YOUR ROOF TURNS 20
The 20 year mark doesn’t mean your roof is past expectancy. But you can imagine the stories it could tell. Florida’s past twenty storm seasons have been brutal, featuring multiple direct hits from named storms / hurricanes. You probably remember them. Shingle design can extend your roof’s lifespan up to 30 years but Florida’s weather patterns and salty harsh environment commonly shortens that projection. Roofing problems are always easiest to address early before they become major and get out of hand. Like “100,000 mile” service on your car, the “20 year” mark is the time to get your roof inspected to ensure it’s ready for the future. When your roof turns twenty, call a Florida roofing professional.
YOU FIND A LEAK
An obvious concern to round out our top 5, and probably not something you need to be warned about. Whether it’s a minor stain on the ceiling or visible water when it rains, leaks are the number one reason Americans call roofers. Unnoticed or unattended leaks can lead to growth of mold or mildew, and is a serious problem in it of itself. In serious cases, leaks can damage electrical wiring within the walls and/or lead to drywall deficiencies. It goes without saying that when you see a leak, call a trusted roofing professional.
We hope this blog helped you understand the five major reasons Florida homeowners call roofing contractors. If you need any assistance, 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.