Are you frustrated because your neighbor’s roof still looks great and yours is starting to fail? You know that all the homes were built within a few years of each other and yet some homeowners have already replaced theirs. There are several factors that influence how long a roof will last and although there’s nothing that you can do to reverse the aging process, you can do a few things that will help it last longer.
We all know that proactive maintenance on your car like changing the oil is less expensive than replacing the engine when it seizes up, and yet few people apply that same thought process to their roofing. Proper roof maintenance takes just a little time and effort by the homeowner and a professional inspection by a qualified roofing contractor. If you keep you gutters clean, roof cleared off and spray any algae growth a few times a year, your roof will look better and last longer than an unmaintained roof.
Although your homes are all in the same neighborhood and the same age, it’s possible that a different roofing contractor installed them. Depending on the quality of underlayment and nails used, even the same brand of shingles can have different problems at different times. And if the shingles were installed on wet underlayment or underlayment that wasn’t laying flat, it’s more likely that your roof will fail prematurely.
Each home has a slightly different roof line and positioning. Pure dumb luck can mean that your roof took the brunt of a strong wind that loosened the shingles causing mis-alignment or missing shingles. If you’re not paying attention to your palm branches and other tree limbs and they are rubbing on the shingles, granules will come off. The granules are not just for decoration, they’re also a protective layer on your roof’s surface and when they’re missing, your roof begins to leak.
If you’ve not gotten timely roof repair or never maintained your roof, you might be facing an early roof replacement. Suncoast Roofing Solutions can help you determine if it’s worth repairing your roof or if you should replace it. We’re a local roofing contractor and will be here to stand behind our installation and repair warranties for years to come. Call us today at (813) 283-2544 to schedule your inspection. We can also let you know if you have a storm damage insurance claim that may cover all or part of a replacement.