All parts of your home require maintenance. Some more than others and some should be handled by professionals. This month we’ve been looking at choosing your roofing materials (if you missed part one and two click here) and one of the considerations you may want to make when it comes to a new roof is the amount of maintenance required. We’re not talking about gutters which should be cleaned at least twice a year, but the roof itself. Here’s what you can expect when it comes to maintenance for all roofs and then specifically for the three most popular roofing materials in Tampa Bay.
Good Maintenance for All Roofing
It’s good practice to make sure that debris including branches, leaves and Spanish moss are promptly cleared from your roof’s surface. You should also spray a 50/50 bleach and water mixture if you notice algae growing on your roof. Trim back tree branches and palm fronds that touch your roof as they can scratch metal and tile roofing and rub away the granules on asphalt shingles.
Asphalt Shingle Maintenance
In addition to the above recommendations, you should also plan on having your roofing contractor inspect the roof at least once a year (more often as it ages). Your roofing contractor will be able to spot issues with flashing, venting and your soffits and fascia. If your roof is nearing the end of its life, they may also tell you how long before you should consider a roof replacement. If just a few shingles are loose, bent, cracked or curling, they can replace those before a roof leak.
Tile Roofing Maintenance
Clay and concrete tile roofing have slightly different maintenance recommendations. Clay tiles should have a roof coating applied once small cracks appear. This will help the tiles last longer without water penetration. Plus, a roof coating can restore the color of your roof. Similar to asphalt roofing, tile can become cracked, loose or misaligned. The difference is that rather than replacing them, in many cases, these tiles can be re-affixed. A good roof cleaning also helps tile roofing last longer.
Metal Roofing Maintenance
In general, metal roofing requires the least maintenance of all roofing materials. You still don’t want debris sitting on it and you want your roofing contractor to inspect it from time to time but because it’s not an organic material, you don’t see algae growth like on some roofs. Mostly, the fasteners need tightening or replacing from time to time. Regular inspections can help ensure your metal roof will protect your home.
No matter which of the common roofing materials you choose for your new roof, Suncoast Roofing Solutions can provide proper roof maintenance. We can come on an on-call basis or set up an annual maintenance program. We offer roofing maintenance to both home owners and commercial building owners and manager. If you’re looking for a new roof or maintenance, call Suncoast Roofing Solutions today at (813) 283-2544.