A good roof will protect the investment you have made in your home and everything within it. The company that installs your roof is only as reliable as you are. It is important to find a reliable and trustworthy roofing contractor. However, no roof is infallible. There are always problems, so be prepared. A skilled roofing contractor will quickly identify the root cause of your roof problems and fix it. Knowing the most common causes of roof damage is helpful for homeowners to do their best to avoid it and make any necessary repairs quickly.
Below are the top 10 most common Florida roof problems that could require roof repair.
- No Maintenance
Your roof should be inspected at the very least once per year. You should schedule an inspection after any major storms. Your roof can become damaged from many factors. You must ensure that you inspect it regularly to maintain its good condition. A roof that isn’t maintained properly can lead to sagging, mildew, and large holes.
- Inadequate Ventilation
Proper ventilation is the key to a durable and resilient roof. Proper ventilation should be found near the top and at the bottom of your roof, either in the soffits or at the eaves. We all know heat rises so cool air flows from the bottom to warm air at the top. Proper ventilation is also important for the retention of heat, moisture and other elements in your attic. Heat and moisture buildup can cause roof damage and premature aging. Inadequate ventilation can also increase energy costs and encourage the growth of mildew and mould.
- Storm Damage
High-wind resistance shingles can withstand higher winds and last longer in Florida. However, wind still has an impact. Wind damage can cause shingles loosen, bend over or blow off. As a result, overhanging tree branches can shake and damage your roof. Wind damage is very likely in a storm, especially when it’s a hurricane and the wind speed is high.
- Roof Leaks
No matter what type of roof you have, a leak can lead to serious problems. Your roof functions as a container’s cover. The lid is meant to keep the contents dry. The only thing you can do to stop damage is to fix the leak immediately after it has been found. There are many reasons why leaks may occur. The key is to recognize them quickly and start the restoration process immediately.
- UV Light Exposure
While some roofing shingles are UV-lightresistant, over time your roof can fade and weaken.
Overhanging tree branches can cause roof damage by rubbing the shingles and removing the protective top layer. Even more serious damage can be caused by branches falling onto the roof.
- Flashing Not Properly Installed
Flashing seals any roof sections that have been damaged (vent pipes and skylights, chimneys and heating and cooling system, for example). Flashing that is not properly installed can lead to open seams or laps which can cause tiles to fall off. Also, flashing that is not properly installed can decrease your roof’s resistance to puncture.
- Roof Debris in Excessive Sizes
Effective water drainage can be impeded by the accumulation of leaves, dirt, sticks, dirt, and other roof debris on your shingles. This can lead to roof damage, puddling, and moisture buildup. Windstorms can cause roof damage from branches and other debris.
- Failure to the Ridge Cap
Your roof’s ridge caps are the most exposed to wind. These caps are often damaged or need to be replaced before the rest. This problem can lead to a roof leak if it is not fixed.
Insects, birds, and small creatures can do a lot. It is better to expel them before they can establish a footing.
Reliable providers are the best way to address common causes of leaky roofs. If possible, work with someone you know, a neighbor, or a coworker who has worked with you before. If they are highly recommended, you will be less likely to run into an issue.
This post was written by a roofing professional at KCG Roofing. KCG Roofing is a premier roofing contractor that does roof repair in Sarasota! KCG Roofing has the experience and expertise to replace or repair your roof with quality materials and excellent craftsmanship. All our roofs are backed by a 15-year leak-free guarantee, the highest in the industry. We have been family-owned and operated for over 40 years.