A healthy roof provides some great benefits for your house such as saving costs on energy bills and increasing home value. Florida weather offers some great perks when it comes to your roof. For example, you don’t have to deal with shoveling snow off of it or dealing with heavy icicles that could cause a potential cave-in. Yet, the Sunshine State is not immune to problems with regards to your roof. So here are the top five ways to maintaining a healthy roof in Florida.
1. Keep trees trimmed and away from the roof
One of the most common culprits of roof damage is broken limbs, and branches rubbing on the shingles. To prevent damage, it’s important to cut your trees away from the roof. This will not only remove a hazard, but also keep your gutters cleaner by reducing leaf buildup.
2. Clean your gutters
Speaking of gutters, a great way to extend the life of your roof is by cleaning out the gutters. This will allow rain to naturally flow down the roof while preventing any harmful water buildup. This is an easy and time effective way to keep your roof repair costs down.
3. Have missing or damaged shingles replaced immediately
If you ever notice shingles that are missing or damaged, you should have a licensed roofing contractor replace them immediately. If shingles are not functioning properly, it leaves your roof vulnerable to water damage and potentially mold over time.
4. Regular roof inspections
At minimum, it’s best to have your roof inspected at least once per year. This will ensure that your roof is functioning properly and without defects. A good roof inspection will not only look at the outside for any external damage or issues, but will also look underneath in the attic for any warning signs that there could be something wrong.
5. Join the Roof Care Club membership program
Many people neglect to make the necessary steps to maintain a healthy roof. As a member of the Roof Care Club, we will help you stay up to date on your roof as you will receive one annual roof inspection, priority service after a storm, discounts, and much more. Visit the Roof Care Club page for more information.
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This is some really good information about roof health. I liked that you pointed out that it would be smart to think about keeping your gutters clean. As a new homeowner, that is good for me to know. It seems like I should do that because I don’t want my roof to get destroyed.