Roofs are an important part of our lives. Most of the time, we don’t even think about them and when we do, it’s typically because something is wrong. Although you can help to mitigate roofing problems by having qualified roofing professionals install and/or maintain your roof, sometimes damage just happens. It’s important to understand the most common roofing problems are.
If you live in Florida, you know that there can be some intense winds, especially during hurricane season. High-velocity winds can cause serious damage to roofing structures. Damage occurs in the form of blow-offs where sections or even the entire roof is ‘blown away’ by the wind. It can be a few tiles or shingles that blow away or even the membranes. When this happens, it exposes the building to other problems such as water leaks and damages.
Whether it’s due to a bad storm or an old tree falling, another common roofing problem is damage caused by falling debris. Regardless of the cause, the repair process is the same.
Your contractor will assess how severe the damage is and make repairs or replacements where it’s necessary.
News Flash: It gets hot in Florida.
Extreme heat can lead to fires and when a fire is near your roof it can cause all sorts of damage like runny asphalt, blistering, and distortion of the top coating of shingles if you have asphalt roofing.
Heat damage is not only fire-related. Poorly ventilated roofs can be damaged by heat over time. This, combined with the humidity, can cause roofing rafters and other components to expand which leads to problems with the roofing flashing. This can eventually lead to water damage.
Depending on the type of heat damage and its severity, the roof can usually be repaired. For example, heat-damaged asphalt shingles can be replaced. In the case of slow heat damage however, it is important to combine the roofing repair with proper ventilation systems. This will allow hot, humid air to move away from the roof and prevent any heat-related damage due to non-fire heat in the future.
When buying a new home, one of the most important questions to ask is “how old is the roof?” Even if you have lived in your home for a while, it’s important to consider how old the roof is. A properly installed roof will last a long time with regular upkeep, but it won’t last forever.
A reputable contractor will give you the best guidance for your aged roof. Sometimes the wear-and-tear from an aging roof isn’t too severe and the roof can be ‘touched up.’ Generally speaking, you can expect tile roofs to last about 50 years whereas asphalt shingle roofs will last approximately 25 years.
These are four of the most common roofing problems, but there are many problems that can occur. It’s important to contact your roofing expert to ensure that you have a properly maintained and functioning roof.
For more information on all your roofing needs, contact Aabco Roofing at 1-954-426-8500 today!