If you’re like most homeowners in central Florida, you probably don’t pay much attention to your roof. Unless, of course, we have the occasional storm, you’ll the roof for storm damage and take care of occasional roof leak. However the reality is your roof deals with intense sunshine and constant humidity.
Many of the calls we receive ask how to determine if the job is a simple roof repair or if a reroof is necessary. Therefore, we’ve put this list together or you. If you notice any of these four warning signs, it might be time for a new roof.
1. Age of your roof – Most roofs enjoy a lifespan of 20 to 25 years, but our Florida climate can shorten that average. The combination of strong UV rays and high humidity takes a toll on shingles, flashing and underlayment. In older homes, it’s not uncommon to find that the existing roof was installed directly over the original roof. Reputable builders no longer practice this type of construction because it can cause premature roof failure. The symptoms of an aging roof aren’t always obvious, so contact an experienced roofing contractor, and arrange for an annual roof inspection.
2. Roof Shingles Are Losing Shape – Roof shingles are your main line of defense against the weather, but they take a battering during heavy storms and bake all day when the sun shines. Western and southern exposures usually show signs of wear first, and all shingles suffer if the roof isn’t properly ventilated. They curl, buckle and crack, and that exposes the underlayment to the elements. Worn shingles can’t hold up to high winds, and they allow moisture to creep into decking, trusses and rafters. Over time, the effect can compromise your roof’s structural integrity.
3. Fascia and Soffit Boards Look Warped – Those stretches of wood along your roof’s edge protect rafters from the weather, but they can also help identify moisture and ventilation problems. Often, the soffit itself is constructed with vents that allow fresh air circulation, but warped boards are usually the result of moisture buildup. It’s important to determine how and where the damp is creeping into your roof’s structure. Wood that stays wet is susceptible to fungal rot that quickly spreads through eaves and beams. Some homes have the benefit of large shade trees, but these same beautiful trees can contribute to additional moisture around your roof.
4. Stains and Streaks Indicate Leaks – Water dripping from the ceiling is a dramatic sign that your roof is leaking, but this kind of trouble rarely develops overnight. Small leaks start around loose flashing or bad shingles, and poor ventilation adds to the problem. If you notice stains or streaks on exterior walls or up in the attic, it’s an indication of mold or fungus growing in areas that stay damp. Eventually, the damage spreads, undermines surrounding materials and weakens your roof’s structure.
The best way to extend your roof’s life is to make sure it gets professional attention once a year. As leaders in Orlando roof repair, we offer a free 10-point roofing inspection that includes digital photos and a written report. Mid Florida Roofing knows that fixing small problems at an early stage will extend the life of your roof.