Prevention is always better than cure, and when it comes to your roof, preventative maintenance is the single best thing you can do to keep your roof in good shape, stop leaks, and save money in the long run. Here’s a look at the top causes for roof leaks, and the best preventative measures you can take to stop them.
Excess debris consisting of sticks, pine needles, and leaves can trap water against the roof and allow it to seep in by capillary action. Gutters can become clogged with debris build up, which can slow water flowing off the roof, giving it time to soak through.
Keep your roof free of debris by trimming overhanging trees regularly. Make sure to perform regular gutter cleanings by removing debris and flushing the gutter to check for proper flow.
Flashing is a strip of metal used to stop water from penetrating the junction of a roof with another surface, such as a chimney or a skylight. Leaks are common around chimneys and skylights because over time the flashing sections may slide out of place due to missing nails or caulk drying and cracking over time. Improper installation is usually a culprit.
Regular roof inspections will discover poor flashing. Replacing flashing should resolve any issues.
The removal of TV antennas or other rooftop installations can leave behind small holes. The remaining holes can lead to small leaks and eventual greater issues.
A properly maintained roof can last for decades, but even with the best care, there will come a time when a roof needs to be replaced. Exposure to the intense Florida sun and temperature fluctuations can accelerate deterioration and may cause roofing materials to become brittle and crack over time.
Don’t wait until you have an emergency situation on your hands, pay attention to smaller issues indicative of roof aging and know when to make the right call for a roof replacement. Slight curling of shingles, dark spots, cracked sealant, blistering paint, and rising electric bills are just a few signs to look out for.
At Handyman Roofing we have been doing roof repairs and replacements since 1978 in Florida. We specialize in Shingle, Tile and Flat Roofs. We are state licensed and insured. Contact us and we will provide you with a free estimate on a repair or replacement today.