Every home has a roof and how it protects your family and belongings is greatly dependent upon how you take care of it. If you know the basics about roofing and some specifics about yours, it will last longer and cost you less over its lifetime. Remember, your roof isn’t just shingles or tile, it’s a system that works together and once you understand the elements, you’ll better know what to look for and how to take care of it.
The Basic Elements of a Roofing System
There are many parts of your roofing system. Some visible and others are not. The primary elements are:
- Roof deck
- Ventilation (both soffits and in the roof itself)
- Roofing material such as tile, asphalt, metal or wood
Inspect Your Roofing System at Least Twice a Year
Put it on your calendar, it only takes a few minutes but could save you thousands. We also recommend inspecting your roof after any major weather event. Your visual inspection should be both from the inside of your attic and the ground. First, walk around your home and look to make sure there are no missing or misaligned shingles. Look for dents in the shingles that may signal hail damage. Also note if your shingles are curled or blistered looking. Don’t overlook your soffits and gutters. Gutters should be clean and free flowing and soffits should not be obstructed by vegetation.
Next, go in your attic and look for signs of water leaks. These include dark streaking on the underside of the roof deck and compressed insulation. Also, make sure your soffits are free of debris and that there is no sign of animals in your attic. If you have any signs of damage or a leak, call your roofer for a comprehensive inspection and repair estimate.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Different roofing materials require different types of maintenance. No matter the age or composition of your roof, you should keep it free from debris. That includes trimming trees and palm fronds so they don’t rub against the roof’s surface. Cleaning your gutters twice a year helps prevent clogs which lead to damage. If you notice algae growing, have it professionally cleaned if you’re not comfortable cleaning it yourself.
Let Your Roofer Inspect Your Roof Regularly
Depending on the roofing material, age and condition of the roof, your roofer may recommend roofing inspections every few years, annually or more frequently. A roofing inspection helps ensure that your roof is free from damage and that repairs are made in a timely manner. If you don’t have a roofer that you know and trust, call Suncoast Roofing Solutions at (813) 283-2544 or fill out our contact form. We’ll help you understand everything you should know about your roof and keep it functioning for years to come.