Roofs can be costly but essential investments in protecting your home. You should know that even the strongest roofs won’t last forever and the elements always win. This is especially true for areas like Florida where the elements are strong. Corrosion and weakening of roofs can occur over time due to extreme heat, moisture, frequent rain showers in summer, and potential hurricanes. It is impossible to predict how long your roof will last. However, it is important to check your roof regularly to ensure that there are no major issues. It’s always better to address a minor issue than wait for it to become more costly and serious.

You should consider the quality of your roof when you are looking to replace it. The quality of the materials can make all the difference in how long your roof lasts. To reduce the chance of major damage, there are some things you can do. If you notice shingles curling or buckling it is likely that your roof is being exposed in a way it shouldn’t be. You should inspect it and make any repairs or replacements that are necessary. Your roof valleys should be in excellent condition. They control water flow and can cause damage quickly.

Checking your gutters is a quick way to determine if your shingles have begun to break. It is a sign that your gutters are not functioning properly. It is important to keep your gutters clean so that water can leave your house. Either hire someone to do the job or do it yourself. Leaves are a common cause of backed-up gutters in the fall. To prevent branches from falling off the roof during storms, trim branches, and trees that hang over the roof. Trees may also give rodents and insects access to your roof.

Roofs should be assessed from an insurance perspective. Your roof could be considered uninsurable if it is too old. The insurance company may not want to take on additional risk. It may be worth looking at roof replacement in these situations.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Clearwater Roofing Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.