Having a roof that lasts a long time and that can withstand harsh weather is essential in the Tampa Bay region. While the popular image of the area is one of beaches and recreation, the reality is that the area experiences warm to hot temperatures, hurricanes, high humidity, and strong storms. It’s essential that you do what you can to increase the lifespan of your roof so that it is better able to deal with anything the weather throws its way.
1. Cleaning and Repair
Simple leaf debris can build up on the roof and in the gutters and cause rain water to pool on the roof, gradually eroding the tiles. While Tampa and Land O Lakes aren’t subject to freezing weather and ice dams, if all of the gutter is clogged, rain water can end up flowing over the clogs and down to the ground in a cascade. That can ruin landscaping as well.
2. Tree Trimming
Not only is leaf debris a risk for your roof, but the branches on a tree are as well, especially if the branches are overhanging the roof. If those branches break and fall, they can damage roof tiles. Even metal roofs can be dented if the branches are heavy enough. Keep tree branches well-trimmed and away from your roof, and have a qualified contractor do roof repair work as soon as possible.
Letting the roof get too hot in summer can lead to its early demise. However, insulating the attic or crawlspace under the roof helps prevent the heat from sticking around by absorbing into the rest of the structure. Ensure your home has excellent insulation to help your roof last longer.
Ventilation doesn’t seem like it would do anything to your roof at first, but it’s a key part of keeping that roof in good shape. Proper ventilation allows hot air to escape the attic or crawlspace, helping the roof tiles to cool down. As with insulation, ventilation prevents excessive heat from degrading the roof and requiring roof repair.
Get your roof inspected religiously. Have a qualified roofing company like Imperial Roofing Contractor check the tiles, flashing, and other features after strong storms and on a one- to two-year basis as well. The sooner you find out about damage, the easier it will be to fix and preserve your roof.
Contact Imperial Roofing for great service and excellent workmanship.