Routine Roof Maintenance In Tampa
Tampa, Florida and its surrounding cities and towns have a unique subtropical climate that presents many challenges for your home’s roof. The constant sun, rain, wind, tropical storms, and hurricanes make the weather especially hard on roofing materials.
Your roof not only protects your family and all the contents of your home, but it also provides a layer of defense for all the construction elements of the house itself. By maintaining your home’s roof, you’re actually protecting your walls, your floors, all your belongings, and even the two by fours and trusses that have been put into place to hold the roof up. Maintaining your roof essentially keeps your entire home, your belongings and your family safe.
Unfortunately, many homeowners overlook the importance of proper roof maintenance. Routine cleaning, clearing any leaves or limbs, and tidying up the roof and its related systems are an important part of keeping a well-maintained roof (and house). Roof tiles should be thoroughly inspected at least once a year and more if a tropical storm or hurricane has hit. Are there any loose tiles? Cracked tiles? Is the flashing brittle, cracked or loose? Are the gutters and downspouts clear of debris? If you have vents, skylights, chimneys, or solar panels, are they firmly in place and working properly?
Annual roof inspections can help identify any issues before they become major problems. And regular roof maintenance can extend the average lifespan of your roof as well. By catching problems when they’re small, you can resolve them quickly and without as much expense when they become larger issues.
Let’s look at a roof maintenance checklist. By the way, you can do this yourself, or better still, you can hire an experienced roofing inspector to check your roof on an annual basis.
Here are a few things to check for:
- Missing or broken shingles or tiles.
- Cracked caulking, rust spots, or brittle flashing.
- Asphalt shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering.
- Cracked or worn rubber seals around vent pipes, solar panels, or skylights.
- If you have a fireplace, check for a missing or damaged chimney cap.
- Moss, lichen, or other “greenery” that could be a sign that the roof is decaying or rotting underneath.
Don’t want to get to get up on the roof? We don’t blame you! You can easily check out your roof with a pair of binoculars while you have two feet planted firmly on the ground. Or if you’re able, you can put a ladder up against the edge of the roof in various places around your home and inspect from there. We don’t advise getting up on the roof yourself. Too many chances of falling, stepping on and cracking clay tiles, or slipping on loose tiles.
At GoodFriend Roofing in Tampa, we have experienced roof inspectors whose job is to check every and all aspects of your roof. From your roof’s structural integrity to the status of the tiles, waterproofing, and underlayment. They’ll check the vents, the gutters and downspouts, and they’ll make sure you don’t have loose, cracked, or missing tiles.
Just like having your own annual health checkup or a tune up for your car, a roof inspector determines what is (or is not) functioning properly. They’ll let you know what may be in need of repair, what and when something may need to be replaced and they’ll check under the roof in your attic to be sure there are no leaks that could eventually harm the interior of your home.
Basically, a roof inspector will thoroughly examine every component of a roofing system, including its structural support, the stability of the roofing material, and if there are any signs of damage throughout the ceiling and walls of your home. This once-a-year inspection or “check-up” can not only give you peace of mind, but it can also protect you and your family from any costly surprises down the line.
When examining the structural parts of your roof, the inspector looks for anything that’s amiss. Cracked or rotted rafters, trusses that have been water stained, missing or damaged rafter or collar ties, sagging parts of your roof or ceiling. Anything that could be a water leak.
While the inspector is up on the roof, they’ll also look at the wear and tear on your soffits, fascia, and gutters that are there to keep your roof’s wooden structure dry and free from rot. They’ll make sure these items are in good repair and replace them if needed. In addition, they’ll check for any damage to the drainage system, gutters, and downspouts. They’ll check for damage to roof vents and the roofing ridge.
If you have a chimney, skylights or ventilation pipes, they’ll check the grout, rubber seals, and exterior for any signs of damage or breakage. Remember, the Florida sun and UV rays break down rubber and plastic over time, so a careful examination of every single part of the roof is necessary.
When checking the condition of the actual roofing tiles, the inspector will meticulously examine the condition of the clay tiles, asphalt shingles, or metal roofing. They’ll search for cracks, missing or broken tiles, staining, rust, greenery growing, or possible or potential water leaks. They’ll also inspect the flashing, look for any holes made by insects or pests, and they’ll make sure the waterproofing on the underlayment or roof deck is intact and in place.
Once the exterior inspection is complete, the roof inspector will do a complete interior home inspection. This means that they’re looking for any signs of damage or issues to the roof that may not be visible from above.
Inspectors will check the attic, the ceilings in each of your rooms, even the walls and floors throughout your home. They’ll be looking for water stains, spots on the ceiling that are wet or mushy to the touch, any signs of wood rot, mold, or indication that there may be pests in your attic, holes that are showing light through the walls or ceilings.
And finally, once the inspector completes his examination on your roof, in your attic, and in the interior of your home, they’ll give you a report of the issues they’ve found or any signs of damage that they may have discovered during their inspection.
An annual roof inspection is essential in hot, humid, and often stormy Tampa, Florida. All you need to do is give us a call and we’ll set up an appointment to come out to inspect your roof from top to bottom.
Don’t let damaged or aging roofing devalue or harm your home. Keep your memories and your family safe. Contact us today for a roofing inspection and, if necessary, a free roofing repair estimate. Like a good friend, we’ll be there with you every step of the way to keep your home and family safe and your roof in top-notch condition.