Living in Ft. Myers, you are well aware of the dangers of hurricane season. Even if there is no direct hit by a named storm, there can still be other tropical activity that can cause damage. High winds, driving rain, and hail are just a few of the weather conditions that can render your roof in need of repair. As a roof is an integral part of the safety of any home, keeping your roof in good condition should be a priority, and any damage should be addressed immediately. After the storm season has ended, your roof should be inspected to ascertain any damage that may have occurred, and repairs scheduled as soon as possible. If no direct repairs are needed, there are still other tasks that can be done to maintain your roof.
The first step to check if there is any damage to your roof would be a visual inspection by you or by a professional. Some things to look for would be cracked or discolored roofing tiles or shingles. A cracked shingle or tile can turn into a bigger problem should another storm occur, as the tile or shingle could crack further or blow away, becoming a projectile. Discoloration on a section of the roof could be indicative of water damage, which could be a sign of a roof leak, and a repair should be scheduled.
Additionally, any missing shingles or tiles should be noted and replaced immediately. A missing tile or shingle diminishes the integrity of the roof as a whole. It will also cause the energy costs of cooling your home to rise, as the sun’s heat will be able to penetrate the protective covering of the roof more easily.
Check the Gutters
Gutters are the most important part of your roof. While they often go ignored by many homeowners, gutter maintenance should be a part of your regular routine, and any problems should be addressed sooner rather than later.
Gutters should be cleaned twice a year, but cleaning them after storm season is probably the most important. Leaves, small branches, and other debris can easily get caught up in the high winds of a storm and deposited in the gutters. This material should be removed to allow for the free flow of water through the system. A gutter that is unable to direct the water from the heavy Florida rains away from the house can lead to further damage to the home.
The gutters should also be checked for cracks or missing pieces. Gutters can wear out over time or if subjected to intense storms, so they should also be inspected regularly to avoid a section failing when it is needed the most.
Nobody likes to see their home damaged from storm season, but it happens more often than you may think. Regular maintenance and care of your roof can prevent a breakdown of the materials, but wear and tear over time is something that can’t be avoided. If you see a roof leak or gutters that need to be fixed, do not hesitate to give us a call to address the problem. We are happy to help!
If you are ready to schedule your roof repair, you can contact us for a free estimate by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (239) 694-1056.