Spending money on roof repair is probably not on your holiday wish list. So why not be proactive and avoid any extra surprise expenses? By taking a quick look at your roof you can keep those cooking pots in the cupboards where they belong.
There’s three common issues when it comes to roofing here in Miami that will lead to roof repair:
(1) Water Damage: Miami is known for its heat and sunshine, but we don’t know the word “drizzle” being here on the coast. When it rains in Miami, it pours!
All that rain can make for a very serious problem if you have a leak. Not only do you have to worry about water stains and soaked carpets, but all that moisture can lead to mold and deterioration which is no cheap fix.
(2) Hurricane Damage: Here in Miami we know the power of hurricanes all too-well. The heavy force of hurricane winds can strip your roofing in a matter of seconds, so you’ll want to give your roof a good look-over when a storm comes close to home.
(3) Mold Damage: The heat and humidity of Miami makes it all too easy for mold to make your home its own. Any holes in your roofing will allow water to sneak in and create a moist environment that will allow mold to thrive. Not only is mold repair costly, but the presence of such fungus in your home can be harmful to your health.
What to look for
The first thing you can do when you get up on your roof is look at your roof drains, ducts and piping. Make sure your drains are clean and pull out all the leaves and debris hiding out in there.
While you’re checking your ducts and piping you’ll want to take a look at any sealant to make sure it still has a strong hold. Loose or damaged sealant will allow moisture to creep into your roof and attic which can lead to leaks and mold, so you want to make sure you check this.
Next you can take a peek at the perimeter. Staying on your ladder, take a look around to make sure that everything is properly sealed. Whether you have metal roofing or clay tile, you’ll want to keep your eyes open for holes, gouges or rust (in the case of metal roofs).
You’ll want to be sure to pay special attention to the eaves, gable edges and ridges as this is where problems often take root.
The last thing you’ll want to make sure to you do is to make your way up to the attic. Bring some good light with you so that you can look for any rusty nails, water stains, cracks, or holes. Make your attic trip on a sunny day and you can make the job easier by looking for little beams of sunlight shining through from outside.
While you’re up there you’ll want to be sure to take a good look at areas with roof attachments like vents and skylights. Inspect the surrounding area for cracks and water damage and give any sealant a quick look-over.
Does this sound like a lot of work to you? Well, it is! That is why we have a roof protection program… But we’ll save the info on that for a later blog. Be sure to check back with us to find out how to get yours!
If you notice any damages, then give us a call. Whether your roofing needs involve clay tile, metal, or copper, we’re happy to help with any repair. Until then, stay warm and dry!
Thanks for reading,