How To Avoid Roof Damage: A Homeowner’s Guide
Simply put, the main secret to avoiding damage to your roof is to be proactive about the health of your roof. Being attentive to the needs of your roof is easy, you don’t have to do it all that often, and it will save you a great deal of money on repairs from professional roofing contractors.
There are many things that can go wrong with your roofing system: shingles can curl or fall off, flashing can be bent, etc. All of this can lead to roof leaks. A leaking roof can be a very inconspicuous thing. Often times, you won’t notice it until it’s too late.
Inspect your roof
Get up on a ladder and carefully walk on your roof, searching for missing shingles, lifted flashing, warped wood, etc. If you don’t have experience doing this, please be sure to call your local roofers.
Check wooden beams for moisture
If you do happen to find signs of moisture, this doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a problem with the beam itself, water might flow across the beam from another particular source.
Use a flashlight to inspect cracks
While up on the roof, shine a flashlight down at the roof surface. Have someone go in the attic to look for that light shining through. If the light can be seen from the other side, you may be able to just squeeze silicone gel inside the crack, and let it cure to a hardness that will prevent a leak.
Check your asphalt shingles
If you notice that your asphalt shingles are curling, they can usually just be glued down, if several asphalt shingles are missing, you might want to have a professional roofing contractor replace them.
Do what you can
All in all, there are small roof repairs you can do yourself to keep it healthy and looking good. Remember though, if you notice some severe damage, call your roofer immediately.
If you’d like to learn more about DIY roof repair, or you’d like a roofing inspection by a Florida roofing contractor, don’t hesitate to contact Hercules Roofing. We’re your premier Florida roofers!