“At least we’ve got a roof over our heads.” It goes without saying, that your roof is the most important part of your home. What would your home be without it? Consequently, homeowners strive to keep their roof in ship shape, to avoid future costly repairs.
If you own a home in Florida, this becomes even more essential, as our relentless climate destroys building and roofing materials- with heat, humidity, high winds, and rain. So what if your roof is missing shingles? Is this something you can repair, or do you have to replace the whole roof? If you live in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, or any of their surrounding areas, Roof It Right is here to severe you. In the meantime, let’s explore what’s going on with those missing shingles.
What causes shingle damage?
For all intents and purposes, roofing shingles are designed to endure strong winds, rain, debris and even hail. We don’t often think about them. However as roofing materials age, weathering and general wear and tear, slowly degrade the actual shingle, and the effectiveness of the roofing system as a whole. Add the relentless weather of Florida’s sub-tropical climate, heat, and hurricanes- and shingles often fail, much earlier than expected.
Could we do the repair ourselves?
In short, no. This is Florida. Think of your roof as the armor that protects your entire home. Any “chink” in that armor has to be addressed immediately. In Jacksonville, Gainesville, and Daytona; a small breach in the integrity of your roof, can quickly lead to mildew growth, or even mold. This is not something to mess around with. Unlike other areas of the United States, where you could use a bucket to catch a leak and still not have major problems, Florida is a different animal. Any problems regarding water entry, or any issues regarding the integrity of your roofing system, need to be addressed by a professional ASAP.
Can we repair the damage? Or do we have to replace the whole roof?
As serious as the tone of this blog may be, don’t freak out. As common sense would dictate, most shingle damage can be addressed with a simple repair. As a general rule, have a local, licensed, trusted roofing contractor come out to inspect the damage. Here are some factors to consider…
How old is the roof?
If your roof is approaching or over 15 years of age, don’t be surprised if a contractor quotes replacing the entire roof. A roof is a job that has to get done right the first time. Quick fixes, often lead to more $ dollar’s spent down the road. Frankly, a roof can only deteriorate to a certain point, as to where repairs become ineffective, temporary band aids at best. As a general rule, if a roofer quotes a roof replacement on a 4 yr old roof, you probably want to call another company. But if your roof is over the 10yr mark, take shingle loss / leak damage very seriously.
Need 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. Still offering contactless or virtual appointments. Roof It Right so you can sleep at night.