It’s easy to remember to check on your roof and its condition after a big storm, but most homeowners admit that they don’t pay much attention to the condition of their roof otherwise. Taking stock of the state of your roof and getting problems repaired quickly by a reputable roofing contractor or roofing company is essential to keeping more serious problems at bay.
Know Your Limits
While inspecting your roof is something that you can do yourself, if you’re afraid of heights or don’t have the time, hiring a roofing contractor or researching a reputable roofing company is your best bet for maintaining the integrity of your roof. It can also help you avoid significant issues in the future.
What to Look for in a Roofing Company
Seeking out a roofing company requires research, much like any other company you hire to perform work on your home. Because roofing issues can cause major problems, especially if you live in areas where storms and hurricanes are common, choosing the right contractor or roofing company is essential for maintaining the integrity of your roof and ultimately, your home.
There are many things that you want to know about the roofing contractor you ultimately choose, but a few of the most important questions to ask are:
- What type of licensing do you/does your company have?
- Are you and/or your company insured?
- What goes into a roofing estimate?
- What does the estimate include, and can I receive an itemized breakdown?
Roofing Inspection Checklist
Now that it’s time to inspect your actual roof (or hire someone to do so), what signs of wear and tear should you or your roofing contractor be looking for exactly? We’ve compiled a list of the most common potential roofing problems that can lead to bigger issues down the road:
Missing, Curling or Broken Shingles
In areas that experience heavy rain like Florida during hurricane season, missing shingles can wreak havoc, allowing water to leak through your roof. Replacing these missing shingles as soon as you notice them is key to keeping the rain outside where it belongs.
Cracked or Missing Rubber Around Vent Pipes
Joints around your chimney and vent pipes should be securely sealed so no water can enter and cause damage or mold growth in your attic or ceilings.
If you notice staining on your shingles, it could simply be a case of algae, which on its own is a normal reaction from the limestone added to most shingles. This can easily be cleaned with the help of industrial chemicals and a reliable contractor. However, if you notice a lot of moss or lichen growing on your roof, that could point to a large decay issue that requires immediate attention.
Living in areas with salty air can take a toll on the metal flashing used to secure roof joints. Repeated exposure to heavy storms can also degrade the metal, causing it to corrode or rust. Once rusted, flashing is unable to repel water which will result in roof leaks. Having a certified roofing contractor clean and seal or completely replace faulty flashing is an important step in protecting your roof.
Helping You Weather the Storm
Remembering to take the time to inspect your home’s roof each year can seem like a daunting task for some. If that’s you, contact our team at Model City Roofing. Not only can we inspect your roof before the storm comes, but we can also help you in the aftermath, should you need any repairs.
We’re proud to be a Better Business Bureau accredited roofing contractor serving Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Panama City and surrounding areas and the Tri-cities area of Tennessee.
Call us today to schedule a free cost estimate for your home roofing project!