You know your roof takes a beating in the elements, but it’s probably not something you really think about until you’re looking at an expensive roof repair or replacement.
Floridians face special weather circumstances that impact their roofs differently than in other areas of the country. Extreme heat and humidity, torrential rain, and hurricane-force winds can all impact the longevity and stability of your roof. If you believe your roof needs help, but aren’t sure if you need a roof repair or roof replacement, there are things to look for that can help you decide.
Roof Age and History
Knowing the age of your roof is important when it comes time to decide to repair or replace. The lifetime of an average roof is twenty to twenty-five years. By then, the elements have usually done a good job of breaking down materials and leaving you with the potential for leaks, weak spots in the roof’s structure, and deteriorating shingles.
The history of your roof is also an important factor. If the roof has already been patched or has two or more rows of shingles layered onto it, you may need a new roof. It’s generally accepted to have one-to-two layers of new shingles layered over the old. However, continuing to add new shingles on top of the old becomes ineffective at keeping out the elements. It’s always best to have a qualified contractor look at your roof and gauge it’s history if you’re not sure of what’s been done in the past.
Asphalt shingles are the most common type used in Florida. Did you know that, over time, UV rays from the sun breaks down asphalt shingles? Your shingles may be curling at the edges, cracking, buckling or losing granules. In some cases, damaged shingles can be replaced and still maintain the integrity of the roof.
Leaks, Water Spots or Cracks
The Florida sunshine is great, but chances are, if it’s shining down on you through a crack in your roof, you’re not enjoying it much. Small cracks in your roof that let the elements in can quickly become a more serious problem and should always be addressed with a roofing contractor. In some cases, minor areas of damage can be repaired. But soggy or soft areas on your roof indicate your shingles aren’t doing their job, and rain and moisture have damaged the roof’s structure. Water spots inside your home on the ceiling or upper walls may also be a sign of roof failure.
Take the guesswork out of deciding to repair or replace your roof by allowing the qualified contractors of ProFormance Roofing to help. Our roofing specialists will take careful inspection of your roof and guide you through the best options for fixing what’s wrong. Start with a no-obligation quote, and then take confidence in knowing ProFormance Roofing will walk you through every step from the first meeting, to creating a beautiful, functional roof for your home or business.
Get back to enjoying Florida’s beautiful weather and rest assured ProFormace Roofing has you covered when the elements aren’t so pretty. Serving Clermont and Central Florida, give ProFormance Roofing a call at the first sign of roof trouble, or contact us anytime you have a question.