In last week's blog we talked about the steps home and business owners need to take for a healthy roof that operates efficiently. Here are a few more steps to make certain you get a long life out of your roof.
Know where most trouble starts
The typical trouble spots here in Central Florida are leaks around flashing, damage to asphalt shingles and tiles, broken or cracked roof vents, leaky skylights and damage from satellite dishes, and clogged gutters.
Roof flashing is added around openings, such as skylights, chimneys, and valleys, where two sections of the roof come together. Typically made of rubber, plastic, or metal. Weather, corrosion, and debris, can cause flashing to fail. It should be replaced before it is comprised and causes a leak.
Both shingles and tiles protect your roof, but like everything else they don’t last forever. Over time the intense heat, high winds, hail, and tree branches, all take a toll, causing damage. Some indications include, shingle granules on the ground, roofing material that is curling, split, missing, or cracked.
Vents are an important element of every roof. They allow an exchange of air, necessary for proper insulation. Some look like small twirling turbines, others just like pipes popping up out of the roof. They are installed with screws, if they become loose or start to rust, they can cause a leak. Vents made from plastic can crack or break. While metal vents can separate at the seams.
Satellite dishes and skylights can both be very functional, but they are also a common source of water leaks. Whether it is improper installation, corrosion, or decay, they can cause a lot of damage.
It doesn’t take much in our tropical environment for our gutters to get clogged. Instead of taking water away from a building, water becomes trapped, making its way under shingles, causing mold and damaging the plywood underneath.
The importance of being proactive
Even a short delay in our hot, humid environment can turn a small issue into an expensive problem. Exposure to the elements, mold and mildew, decayed materials, higher labor costs, elevated energy costs, interior damage, not to mention the insects and rodents that are attracted to this type of situation.
The cost of emergency repairs is typically three to nine times higher than preventative repairs. Most warranties require proactive maintenance. You can think of it like an oil change for your car's engine. The cost of ignoring it can be without doubt to high to ignore.
Schick Roofing is proud to be one of the few roofing companies here in Central Florida who have earned the GAF Master Elite contractor certification. It is such a distinguished achievement that only the top 3% of roofers throughout the country have obtained such an accomplishment.
A GAF Master Elite contractor means all the screening and research is done for you. You know the contractor you are working with is fully licensed, adequately insured, uphold a quality reputation, and provide expert roofers.
It also means Schick Roofing is highly reputable, dependable, delivers the highest quality installation, and able to offer GAF’s top warranties, which are backed by North America’s largest roofing manufacturer.