31 May Neglecting Roof Inspections Will Cost You Money – Look Up
As professional roofing contractors, we see all kinds of roofing problems. Experience shows us that more roofing issues began as minor maintenance tasks that grew into costly repairs simply because the homeowners didn’t bother to look up at it. The problems grew more expensive to fix due to neglect and lack of awareness. Just as with personal health, it is better to diagnose a problem with a roof through check-ups, preventative maintenance, and cleaning before it becomes increasingly worse. We encourage every homeowner to inspect your roof a few times a year.
How do you inspect a roof?
The first step is to visually check it, especially after a heavy storm or high winds. The good news is that you don’t have to climb a ladder to get a good look at your roof. Instead, all you need is a pair of binoculars to look for any potential problems.
Here’s what you should look for when inspecting your roof yourself:
- Missing shingles
- Curling shingles
- Cracked shingles
- Peeling flashing
- Missing granules
Next, look for leaks in your attic & ceilings because an early indication that your roof needs maintenance is the appearance of water stains inside your house. You should be checking your ceilings and attic just as regularly as your roof itself for water damage to head off any serious issues. The most common warning signs of a leak are:
- Musty odors in certain rooms.
- Water stains on your ceiling.
- Spots on your exterior walls.
- Bulging patches on your interior walls.
If you notice any of these signs, your next step is to locate the leak immediately, but please do not attempt to climb on your roof because it is dangerous. The best solution is to call Garabar at (561) 290-2212 because there could be a hole in your roof, and we can quickly and safely make the necessary repairs for you.
Winter Roof Maintenance
Roof maintenance during the Winter in Florida is equally crucial because it means less rain. That, in turn, means that roofing work, if needed, can progress more quickly. Especially when it comes to large projects that span several days or even weeks, having less rain to deal with eliminates many of the delays and complications we run into in the summer. Wintertime is also the perfect time to have your professionally cleaned. There are local services that specialize in roof cleaning and we are happy to take a close look at your roof for trouble spots after you have it professionally cleaned.
Less rain in the wintertime means a lower chance of interior water damage. Unfortunately, we find problems in our roofing system too often after a breach and rain pours in. Often these leaks go undetected for weeks or months. In most cases, the interior damage caused by a leak can far exceed the cost of the repair itself.
No matter what the season, an intense downpour can cause significant damage to a roof weakened by our summer weather. Now is as good a time as any to inspect and maintain your roof. Give Garabar a call for a free quote at to have a look at your roof and allow us to suggest ways to strengthen it.