How do I determine if I need a new roof if I don't see any leaks?
Roof damage is occasionally obvious, such as after a major weather event where you actually lose roofing material and can see it in your yard. Other times, only a rooftop inspection will reveal roof damage. Leaks are not the only indication for needing a new roof. If you do wait until you start seeing leaks, the damage might not be only to the roof.
Check your roof regularly for the following:
- Torn or missing shingles - Damaged shingles expose the roof to water and can cause rot.
- Rusted or missing flashing - Flashing is the metal that surrounds chimneys, skylights and vent pipes. It is also often found in the valleys of the roof where the roof sections meet. If it is rusted, damaged or missing, it could cause leaks.
- Gutters - Check gutters for damage or decay.
- Inside walls of your home - Look for discolored drywall or cracked paint indoors. This could be a sign of a leaking roof..
How much does a roof replacement cost?
All new roof replacements will vary based on several factors such as: square footage, pitch of the roof, accessibility, type of roofing material (metal, shingle, etc.), one or two story home, removal and disposal of old roof (if necessary) and roof permit.
What kind of preventive maintenance should I do to protect my roof?
Since your roof is constantly exposed to the Florida elements, most damage results from weather and pollutants in the atmosphere. To save on repair costs or even having to replace your roof before it is due, you should check your roof a couple times a year. Look for mildew, rust, trapped water and damage. If any damage is noticed have it repaired as soon as you can so it does turn into a larger repair. Also, be sure to keep your roof clean. Remove any debris, such as leaves and branches, that may accumulate on it and clean out the roof gutters regularly.
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