Florida is known for its sunny and steamy climate. People flock to the Sunshine State for a bit of reprieve from cold, snowy weather during the winter months, and many are surprised to discover that Florida winters can sometimes dip into cooler temperatures as well. While not as cold and blustery as a Minnesota winter, we often experience cooler temps and an abundance of rain that inspire sweaters and long pants for the season.
Your home goes through a bit of structural stress as well during the change of seasons. Roofs and siding that are subject to expanding and contracting due to excessive heat and the sun’s beating rays experience contraction as a result of all the fluctuations in temperature. Take some precautions as you see this cooler weather coming, and you may be able to avoid more costly repairs later. Follow these quick maintenance tips to extend the life and strength of your roof:
Assess your roof’s framework. Getting your roof professionally assessed once or twice a year will significantly reduce your chances of having to repair or replace something prematurely. Have your contractor evaluate the framework of your roof to determine any signs of weakness or sagging before cooler temperatures hit. Looking out for potential places where your roof could leak as it contracts will be critical to protecting its overall structure.
Check flashings. Areas along the flashing on your roof are some of the most common spots for leaks to occur. Your roofing contractor should inspect this area of the roof to ensure that it is sealing properly. Check flashings during periods of temperature fluctuation to ensure that it doesn’t become a compromised area.
Inspect valleys for standing water. Valleys of your roof are areas where two sloping sections of the roofline meet. These low-lying areas are prone to having standing water, and this water has the potential to weaken roof components and eventually leak into your home’s interior. Keeping your roof clean and free from debris and excess moisture will allow your roof to retain its strength and integrity as we head toward a rainier season.
Examine tiles and shingles carefully. Much like your flashings, your roof’s tiles or shingles can loosen after inclement weather and high winds. Missing granules and broken tiles can quickly become problematic if not repaired prior to the onset of more storms. Your roofing contractor can easily replace these smaller sections of the roof to help you avoid more extensive repairs or possible replacement.
Clear standing debris. Clean out low-lying areas and flat sections of your roof by removing debris such as branches, leaves, and dirt from roof tiles. As you do so, you eliminate pockets of material that can trap moisture and hold it against your roof, causing damage over time.
Replace any sealants that need attention. If your roof has antennas, plumbing stacks, satellite dishes, or other hardware, check the sealant around the base of each of these features. Even the best caulk and sealant can wear out over time; protect yourself and your home by replacing and fortifying any adhesive that has become cracked and worn.
Perform these inspections at least once annually. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; taking steps to evaluate your roof will save precious time and money as well as protect your most valuable asset--your home.
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