1. DON’T Assume! Get an Inspection Before you Get a New Fort Myers Roof

Don't Assume by SkippyInVictoria

This is the 1st installment of  Do’s and Don’ts of Roofing – For YOU the Consumer!” which is available as a FREE download.

You should never buy a new roof without a professional roof evaluation FIRST. Before you spend thousands of dollars on a new roof, make sure that you actually need a new roof!

Ask an honest and reputable company to provide a free roof inspection. Many times, we are asked to provide a quote for a new roof, only to discover that the existing roof actually has a longer life than the owner anticipated.

The life expectancy of a Fort Myers roof varies depending on a broad range of variables and factors. Each of these components will help determine the life expectancy of your roof………

  • Type of Roof Covering – The life expectancy for an asphalt shingle roof ranges from 15 to 20 years in Florida, while the life expectancy for a wood shingle roof ranges from 8-15 years. Tile roofs have a greater range variance due to the many systems available – anywhere between 18-25 years! Metal roofs typically range between 25-40+ years.
  • Tree Proximity – Trees around your home are a great way to cut down on your energy bills during the summer months, and make for beautiful views while looking out your windows. Though you want trees close enough to your house to provide adequate shade, you also want them far enough away to avoid damage due to falling tree branches. Build up of debris from trees, or damage from falling branches can affect the life of your Fort Myers roof. Trees that are too close also cause damaging amounts of algae growth, especially on a shingle roof.
  • Directional Exposure – In Fort Myers the most adversely affected side of the roof is the North-West exposure. This side of the roof will typically mildew before any other area and will generally develop leaks first. If the NW side of the roof is the more complicated roof area, this can lead to shorter life expectancy.
  • Weather – All types of roofs are affected by adverse weather, which can shorten the lifespan of your roof. If you experience long dry spells, this can dry out wooden shingles and shakes, causing them to become brittle and break more easily. Excessive shade and moisture can cause mildew and moss to grow on any types of roof shingle, and can cause wooden shingles to rot. High winds, hail, excessive snow and ice, or excessive heat can all shorten the life expectancy of all types of  roofs.
  • MaintenanceRoutine roof maintenance for your roof can extend the life of your roof covering. Have your roof inspected regularly by a professional. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles/tiles. This is typically done in the spring, and again in the fall. Since snowfall isn’t an issue in Florida, you should do it after summer months, when hurricanes or high wind storms could have caused damaged. Have the flashings around your plumbing stacks, skylights, chimneys, louvers and vents inspected and repaired. Some maintenance can be done on your own, such as trimming back any tree limbs that might damage your roof, clearing away debris (including the gutters) to prevent water from standing or seeping under the shingles, and also cleaning tree debris from the valley areas of the roof.Dos and Donts of Roofing - For YOU the Consumer
  • Foot Traffic – Some roofs have been known to have too much foot traffic! This might be roof cleaning personnel, AC technicians, dryer vent cleaners, etc.

So before spending any money on a Fort Myers roofing contractor, arm yourself with knowledge by clicking the FREE eBook icon on the right to download it!

If you have any additional questions please contact us online or call us toll free at (239) 433-9777.

Raise the roof!

-Scott

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