Even in Florida, checking and maintaining your roof during the fall is crucial to help extend the life of your roof throughout the unpredictable winter months. If your roof is damaged and in need of repair, now is the time to get it taken care of before possible hail or hard frost and ice.
In order to ensure your roof is ready to protect your home this winter, use this checklist.
Clean the Gutters
Clean gutters are needed to keep water flowing properly off your roofline. Clogged gutters will splash water back onto the roof, which can lead to cracking, mold, and other damage later on. Clean out your gutters before the fall leaves start to rain down, and keep an eye on them throughout the season.
Trim the Trees
As the leaves begin to fall around your home, you will see branches on your trees that are getting a little too close to your home. Trim those back now so they do not danger your roofing later. If you can do this early on in the fall, you can also minimize the leaves that clog your guttering system.
Check for Needed Repairs
You will want to inspect your roof for any damage that may have occurred throughout the year. The Florida sun can be harsh on roofing materials, so you will want to look for any cracks or peeling. You also need to check inside using the crawl space or attic. If you see any holes or moisture inside, call your roofing company as soon as possible.
Signs your roof may need repairs are leaks, holes, curled or cupped edges on asphalt or wood shingles, missing shingles, cracked or broken asphalt, tile or wood shingles, or dented or perforated asphalt, tile, wood or metal roofing components.
Signs your roof may just be in need of regular maintenance are leaves or branches causing cluttered areas along the roof or gutters, moss, dark streaks or algae is growing on or in-between the roofing materials.
Get an Roof Inspection
It’s always a good idea to have your roofing contractor look at your roof before winter comes so you can fix any major problems you may be having right away. It is much easier to repair a roof in the fall when there is no ice to worry about. If you wait too long, you may have a bigger, more costly problem on your hands. Make sure you are working with a trusted, professional roofer before you request an inspection. A roof inspection should only provide you with repairs or maintenance your roof really needs. You don’t want to end up paying for costly items that you don’t really need.
Do you need a roof inspection or roof repairs before winter comes? Johnson Roofing Solutions provides free estimates to homes and businesses across the panhandle of Florida. We have offices in Panama City, Chipley and Graceville with our service area expanding from Tallahassee to Pensacola. We are fully licensed and insured, family owned and operated, BBB accredited and prepared to take on any roofing project from minor repairs to complete replacements or even new construction. Contact us today and let us be your solution!