The arrival of spring in Tampa Bay has been accompanied by a cloudy sky and the threat of a thunderstorm. Roofs recently inspected or repaired by expert Tampa roofers should be able to handle the wind and rain of an early spring storm, but a great number of Tampa Bay roofs will go without attention this season despite how simple it is to create and execute a preventive maintenance plan.
The goal of a preventive maintenance plan is to ensure a serious problem doesn’t occur. By serious, we mean the kind of issue that could force you to call for emergency help in the middle of the night while your home’s furniture and other items are getting soaked with rain. Now that’s not to say all prevention plans eliminate the chance of an emergency, but they certainly can reduce the risk.
Due to our warm climate, roofs in Tampa Bay won’t experience the same damaging conditions, such as freezes and significant icing, seen in other parts of the country. At the same time, other types of wear and tear on a roofing system can affect a Tampa Bay roof during the winter months. Wind, tree debris and even air pollution can leave their mark on the surface of your roof. So let’s look at a few areas of immediate concern as spring gets underway.
If your roof hasn’t been inspected in several years, this is a smart time to get a licensed Tampa Bay roofer on the job. If you’re confident your roof is still providing adequate protection, begin your spring roof inspection with a look at the gutter system. Is everything working properly? Is there any debris blocking the flow of water? Are any parts of the system loose or rusty? If you’re unsure of how to make any minor repairs necessary, consult a local expert who is familiar with both installation and repair of gutter systems.
When moving your attention to the roofing components, go beyond the shingles. You’ll quickly notice if shingles are missing or if tiles are cracked, but often a developing problem will come from issues with flashing. In fact, flashing around the chimney, in valleys and around skylights are considered the three most common leak locations, prompting a call for roof repair in Tampa.
Before wrapping up your inspection, allow some time to review your rooftop ventilation and attic insulation. Poor ventilation can damage roofing systems prematurely and homes older than 10 years typically lack sufficient attic insulation. Of course, you can skip all of these steps by simply contacting a licensed Tampa roofer to provide the necessary inspection and cleaning as part of your preventive maintenance plan.