Date: December 3, 2019 | Written By: Cheryl Reisman
Do you know the health of your roof? When is the last time your roof had a check-up? In this blog post, we will be discussing the importance of roof maintenance and give you a rundown of our preventative roof maintenance checklist.
A poorly maintained roof is the primary cause of roof problems. The lifespan of a roof can be shortened dramatically if neglected. Eustis Roofing Company is available to partner with homeowners to inspect, repair, and maintain your roof to get the most life out of your roof’s surface.
One of the most valuable parts of a building’s exterior is its roof system. Your roof is constantly exposed to rain, wind, and heat as well as hail and hurricanes in our Florida climate. Quality materials, proper installation, and a preventive maintenance program is key to your roof’s performance.
Roof maintenance is a critical component most homeowners are neglecting and is key to preventing roof problems, keeping the roof in a watertight condition, and getting the best longevity out of your roof system. Early identification, repair, and maintenance will help provide a long-lasting roof system.
The Benefits of Preventative Roof Maintenance
Eustis Roofing Co offers a roof maintenance program to partner with homeowners to inspect, evaluate, and catch the early warning signs that could lead to a much bigger and more costly repair. Even a brand-new roof should be inspected every year with a minimum of a 2-year inspection.
It is Eustis Roofing’s recommendation that roofs older than 5 years should have a professional inspect their roof at least once a year. The professional will walk their roof, make minor necessary repairs, and clean debris from the roof surface and gutters. Homeowners who have heavy tree populations should have professional maintenance twice a year, usually during the spring and the fall.
Eustis Roofing keeps detailed data and pictures of roofs we provide services and maintenance for. This information is a considerable file for any new home buyer and for sellers to provide quality information for the prospective buyer.
In fact, when considering putting your home on the market, it is a great time for a roof inspection and assessment. That’s why it’s so important to have a preventative roof maintenance checklist with you to know how your roof will be evaluated. Your roof condition can be a deal-breaker in a real estate deal. Have your roof professionally inspected to know the condition of your roof, the expected life of your roof, and in order for you to address any required repairs. This is all done so you can have your roof in a good sellable condition. Being able to provide a history of regular maintenance could be a great addition to your home portfolio.
Eustis Roofing Co gives FREE ESTIMATES to homeowners. The cost of a detailed roof inspection including pictures and a written report is $180.00. A suggested maintenance plan can also be provided with the best course of action specific to your roof.
A visual roof inspection from a trusted source like Eustis Roofing Co can be a very wise investment to maximize the service life of your existing roof system.
Preventative Roof Maintenance Checklist
This is our preventative roof maintenance checklist that we use to assess roofs. When we check your roof, areas of inspection will include assessment and condition of the following:
Any missing or damaged shingles and any manufacturer defects can be discovered on a roof inspection. Repairing a missing or damaged shingle and addressing any backed-up nails caught early can avoid a future leak. Most manufacturers can offer a full replacement on costs for a defective shingle. Therefore, it is most effective when caught within the first 5 years of the install.
For a flat roof, debris can block the flow of water to the roof drains, causing ponding which can prematurely damage a roof—and in extreme cases, lead to a roof collapse. Expansion and contraction can cause roof seams to pop open, eaves to be exposed from shrinkage, and heat can cause blistering in flat roofs all leading to future leakage.
Branches hanging too closely can rub, scratch, and gouge your roof materials, even possibly leaving puncture marks. Falling leaves and tree debris can collect on the roof and retain moisture making your roof weak.
Gutters that clog up can allow water to move up and underneath your roof eaves causing damage. Keeping your gutters clean ensures they serve their intended purpose of positive water flow.
Proper flashings are key to preventing water intrusion. These areas should be inspected regularly.
Pipe Boots, Roof Vents, and Skylights
Pipe boots, roof vents, and skylights are penetrations on your roof surface that should be regularly checked for loose seals, loose screws, cracks, and damage. Squirrels are notorious for chewing down lead boots which can lead to a roof leak. Eustis Roofing Co has preventative measures to help catch and stop this from happening.
When we tear off roofs a huge percentage of wood rot is around satellite dish installations.
Cracked or missing mortar on your chimney can cause water intrusion. Identifying these areas can prevent a possible leak problem. This is also another flashing area that needs regular inspection.
Heat and moisture can cause roof materials to buckle and insulation to lose effectiveness, causing your overall roofing system to be ineffective without proper roof ventilation.
Algae Growth and Streaking
Pay close attention to the color changes on your roof. Roof areas with mold, algae, or fungus growth left unchecked will eventually deteriorate the roofing material, shortening the life of the roof.
Eustis Roofing Co provides roof cleaning that is soft wash to the materials. Improper cleaning can void manufacturer’s warranties so it’s vital you hire a roof professional to clean your roof.
Professional Roof Inspection
Your visual inspection will also provide information as to the life of your roof system. This is valuable information to help plan a budget to avoid an unexpected expense.
A warranty may give you a false sense of security. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to take the proper measures to maintain their roof properly. Repairs made by an unauthorized, unlicensed roofer may void a warranty. Roof inspections should be performed regularly by trained roofing professionals preferably on an annual basis.
Early problem detection can solve a problem before it becomes serious and costly. Any time there have been extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, hailstorms, or tornadoes an inspection should be made as soon as possible after the storm has occurred.
Eustis Roofing Offers Preventative Roof Maintenance
Now that you’ve reviewed the preventative roof maintenance checklist, it’s time for you to consider a professional roofing company to get the job done. Eustis Roofing Co can provide valuable information to help with your Insurance coverage. There is no charge for a storm inspection.
Roof maintenance saves you money and gives you peace of mind! The money you may spend on routine maintenance costs is a lot less than what you’ll spend on an emergency leak repair or costly inside repairs that could have easily been detected and prevented before getting that far. Most homeowners don’t realize there is any damage to their roof until a roof leak occurs. By then, the problem is often much larger, causing damage to attic insulation, wood framing, and ceiling or wall interior damage.
Your roof is also a huge part of your home’s curb appeal—let’s get it looking at it’s best and work together to get your roof it’s longest possible life! Let’s be pro-active together, give Eustis Roofing a call today at (352) 343-4240.