Roof maintenance is an important part of overall home maintenance costs. Roofing systems must be maintained to ensure continued protection from the elements, especially important in weather-intense South Florida.
Preventative maintenance greatly reduces the likelihood of leaks, damage and premature roof failures. Maintenance starts with regular inspection to look for damage and signs of impending failure.
- From the ground, walk around and inspect your roof for cracked, curled or missing tiles or shingles, as well as any bare spots that indicate excessive loss of the protective mineral granules from asphalt shingles.
- In your attic, take a flashlight and look at the underside of the roof deck and rafters for any stains or wet spots indicating water leaks.
- Re-caulk flashings .
- Remove debris from gutters regularly and keep them free and clear.
- Trim back any overhanging tree branches.
- Look for loose or damaged shingles or tiles; or rust spots on a metal roof.
- Check the mortar on chimneys for cracking or spalling.
Restoration involves the major repair of the roofing system, including the repair of all penetrations and re-surfacing of the roof to restore it to serviceable condition. The opportunity to perform restoration work normally exists two or three years prior to the end of a roof’s life cycle and before significant damage can occur. As many as 10 years can be added to the useful life of the roof through restoration and typically the cost of restoration is one-half the cost of re-roofing.
Millions of dollars a year are spent on replacing roofs that may have years of life left in them. Owners today need to recognize the importance of their investment and protect the home and its contents from damage, both in terms of the roofs cost and its replacement value.