Roof repair is one of those household maintenance jobs that are easy to put off but don’t be fooled. A damaged roof makes the contents of your home vulnerable to water damage from leaks. You’ll also see an increase in your utility bill as your AC-cooled air can escape. Ignoring a partially damaged roof can lead to structural damage that will mean having to replace the entire roof. The best time for home roof repairs is before they become urgent. Planning ahead gives you time to choose when, how, and which roofing contractor suits you best.
Early Warning Signs For Roof Repair Or Replacement
You’ll know your shingle roof needs attention if you see granule loss, blistering, buckling or bald spots. Shingles that are curling, rotting or growing algae will need to be seen to.
A tile roof with cracked, broken or missing tiles, leaks in your attic or bowing of the roof structure is a sure sign of a roof that needs to be seen to.
Drips or puddles, interior or exterior damage or electrical shortages are all signs of a damaged flat roof.
‘Tis The Season For Roof Repair Or Replacement
When planning your roof repair or replacement, picking the right season is crucial. Here are some seasonal facts to take into consideration as you plan and book a roofing contractor.
Summer isn’t an ideal season for roof repair or replacement. Florida summers are hot enough to soften roofing components. Asphalt shingles are very susceptible to heat, which makes them hard to nail down and also leaves them vulnerable to damage from feet during installation.
Florida gets rain year-round, but Spring is particularly rainy. Roofing contractors won’t work on your roof in the rain for two main reasons. Working wet increases the chance of moisture getting trapped in the decking or under the membrane. This means that the shingles won’t attach securely and you’ll be left with a leaky roof. The safety of the workmen is also a big deterrent to roof work being done in rainy conditions.
Fall storms and hurricanes can cause delays in the work that is done to your roof. A new roof can be damaged before it has had sufficient time to set.
Winter is a roofing contractor’s first choice for roof work for a number of reasons:
Winter is the ideal season in Florida to repair or replace your roof. While winter still comes with the challenges of hurricane season and tropical storms, both of these are easier to predict than the sudden downpours of spring. Florida doesn’t have to contend with the winter snowstorms that are common across the rest of the country. Winter offers a greater chance of clear weather that will allow the work on your roof to be completed quickly, effectively, and safely.
To create the watertight barrier that will protect your home from leaks, your roof will be thermally sealed. For this to be effective, the temperature needs to be above 40°F. Winters in other parts of the country are often too cold for this process, but Florida’s mild winters are just right.
- Roofing Rush Hour
Spring with its abundance of rain tends to be the busiest time of the year for roofers. Pre-planning your repair for winter will get you ahead of the queue.
Off-Season Perk – Pick Your Contractor
Choosing to have your roof seen in the quieter off-season months will mean you get to pick the contractor you want instead of having to settle for the first one who happens to be available in an emergency. ABC Roofing Corp. has been in the roofing business for over 30 years and has built a reputation of honesty, loyalty, and excellent service.
When it comes to your roof, prevention is definitely better than the cure. If you’re ready to get that roof in tip-top shape, give us a call today!