Old Man Winter has finally set his eyes on Northeast Florida. With the cold weather comes our annual winter storm season. While most homeowners are testing their heaters or wrapping their pipes, one of the main areas they tend to overlook is their roofs.
Your roof is the main component of your home that protects you, your family, and your belongings against Florida’s winter elements. Inspecting your roof after hurricane season and before any major winter storms is a good idea.
Your roof will bear the brunt of the winter season and should be inspected by an experienced roofing professional, at least, twice a year – once in the fall to clear debris and once in the spring to check for winter damage (or, as most Floridians know, before winter and before summer).
An experienced roofing contractor should check the following areas of your roof when performing roof inspections:
Gutters: Gutters have one job – efficiently move water off the roof and away from your home. Anything that interferes with that process (i.e. leaves, debris, leaks, etc.) can cause water to back up into your roof system, causing expensive damage inside and outside your home.
Shingles: Finding and replacing damaged shingles can help avoid costly water damage down the road. A roof inspection from an experienced roofing contractor will help determine the condition of your roof and identify what needs to be done if your roof is in less-than-satisfactory condition.
Vents: Vents are often sealed with neoprene or rubber; both of which can dry and crack with age. Both substances are relatively soft; so, they’re vulnerable to pests. Inspecting and repairing roof vents can help protect your home from roof damage caused by water and pests.
Flashing: Flashing adds extra protection to roof areas where two opposing roof surfaces meet; these areas are, generally, more vulnerable to leaks and water damage. These areas include but are not limited to dormer walls, chimneys, skylights, and roof valleys, which tend to focus rain runoff. Inspecting and maintaining your roof flashing can help keep water from becoming trapped inside your roof system and penetrating your home.
Attic: Sometimes, the problem isn’t your roof at all; it’s your attic. A proper inspection will identify issues with ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, fans, and animal or bug infestations – all of which can contribute to mold, algae, and/or moisture problems.
If you don’t already have one, check out our blog on how to choose an experienced, reliable roofing contractor and how to build a lasting relationship. We’re licensed and insured in the State of Florida.
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