Rainy Season Roof Checklist
The rainy season is practically here in Southwest Florida! With it comes heavy storms and potentially a hurricane or two.
Roof damage is the most common type of damage reported from storms, however many of these issues can be prevented if the right precautions are taken. More times than not, major damage that is perceived to be from storms actually starts long before they take place. Small leaks or loose shingles can go unnoticed during SWFL’s dryer seasons of winter and early spring. These can grow into significant issues when the major storms roll in during the summer and fall months.
To catch issues early on, follow this checklist from the SWFL roofing experts at Frank’s Roofing & Spraying, Inc.
Clean the Gutters
Cleaning the gutters is a task commonly on everyone’s “honey-do” list, but somehow it always gets pushed aside. However, when done regularly this is a really simple way to prevent damage to your roof. Gutters help carry rainwater away from your home’s roof and ultimately away from your home’s foundation. Clogged gutters can cause water to pool on your roof and lead to shingle damage or rot. Additionally, as water spills over your clogged gutters, it tends to then flow towards your home’s foundation rather than away from it. This can cause a number of problems, including foundation damage and mold.
Ultimately, as harmless as it seems, clogged gutters can be a small issue that can quickly escalate when the rainy season hits. Avoid issues by regularly checking them every few weeks and especially when a storm is forecasted to come through our area. New debris can accumulate and should be cleared away to allow water to flow easily. If any larger or more substantial debris arises, you can always utilize a gutter cleaning service, such as Frank’s Roofing & Spraying, to clear the debris for you.
Inspect Your Roof’s Exterior
Small issues, such as a loose shingle or even a discolored spot on your roof, can quickly evolve into larger damage if left unattended. Take a look at your roof’s exterior* to see if you have any of the following:
- Missing or damaged shingles
- Loose or exposed nails
- Sagging areas
- Discolored areas on your roof
- Cracking in any of your shingles or tiles
- Any vegetation (moss, algae, etc.)
If you find any of these issues, then you should contact a Platinum Roofing Contractor to come and take a look. Frank’s Roofing can apply the cost of your home’s roof inspection towards the total cost of repairs, making the inspection virtually free.
*Exterior inspections should be done from the ground level of your home’s roof. You should never go onto the roof of your home without the proper training, supervision, and safety equipment – leave that to the professionals!
Inspect Your Roof’s Interior
Lastly, you should check your roof’s interior. This can be done by going into your home’s attic. You will want to look for any of the following:
- Any wet spots indicating a leak
- Light shining through cracks
- Mold, mildew, or excessive moisture
- Extreme changes in temperature
Any wet spots or cracks can indicate damage to the exterior of your roof and will need to be repaired. If your attic feels extremely humid and hot when compared to the rest of your home, this could indicate that your attic needs proper ventilation. Furthermore, excess moisture in your home’s roof, whether it be from a leak or from ventilation issues, can be a breeding ground for mold. If you spot any of these issues from inside your home, you should call a professional roofing estimator to provide a free estimate immediately.
While many of these issues are easy to address, many can be hard to identify unless you are a trained professional. That’s why we suggest having your roof inspected yearly before the rainy season hits. This allows for one of our trained inspectors to actually get onto your roof and take a detailed look to ensure there are no potential problems.
At Frank’s Roofing, our team of estimators, inspectors, and roofing crews are all in-house and never third-party subcontractors. We offer easy finance options and strive to make the process of repairing or replacing your roof a stress-free one. To learn more about our services, give us a call at (239) 693-7663 or send us a message.
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