Rain, hail, and wind are often part of the weather system during the summer months. Therefore, now is the time to be proactive by performing simple preventative maintenance checks to ensure that your roof is in good shape for the summer. Here are ten roof checks to perform:
1. Check for any sagging in the roof: This means that the roof is not level. An unlevel roof makes it very easy for water to pool and eventually cause the roof to leak.
2. Check for accumulation of granules from the shingles in and around the downspouts and gutters: This indicates worn shingles.
3. Check for holes in the roof: This is like a “welcome home” sign for water to enter.
4. Check for damaged, worn, or missing shingles: Any of these things indicate that the shingles are not performing optimally.
5. Check for dark spots on the roof: This is an indication of algae. They feed on the roofing material and hold moisture to survive.
6. Check for damaged or missing flashing around the chimney or anything protruding from the roof.
7. Check for stains on the ceiling: An indication that there is a leak in the roof.
8. Check for worn tar and patch around flashing: An indication that these areas are now vulnerable to leaks.
9. Check for mold: Mold like algae feed on the roofing material.
10. Check for buckling or raised shingles: This allows for water to gather underneath the shingles.
Your roof is by far the most crucial aspect of your home. Ensuring that is strong enough to handle the harshest months here in Florida is something that every responsible homeowner should do. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this sort of inspection yourself, feel free to contact your local roofer to perform it for you. They are likely more experienced, and know what to look for, and how to go about doing so without getting injured.