For many homeowners, the roof is often out of sight and out of mind until it begins to leak. If you suspect there is damage to your roof, a thorough roof inspection is the only way to ascertain the extent of the damage and make a decision on the right course of action. But the problem comes when a storm chaser hurriedly inspects your tile roof and fails to identify hidden damages that could compromise the integrity of your roof in the near future.
At Kelly Roofing, we understand how frustrating these sly roofers have been in South Florida. Over the last two generations, we’ve been providing high-quality roofing services to the South Florida residents; our commitment to our community has earned us the Roofing Contractor of the year award, a once in a lifetime recognition.
Importance of Scheduled Maintenance
By identifying issues on your roof and having them repaired promptly, you can rest assured you’ll have a good roof over your head for several years. In fact, proper maintenance can make your tile roof last twice as long.
A smart homeowner always takes a pro-active approach to roof maintenance. Fixing minor concerns and issues before they become costly will give you stress-free home maintenance.
In general, it’s wise to have a scheduled inspection twice a year and after severe storms. The sooner you catch the problem and repair it, the less money you’ll spend on maintenance costs.
What Proper Inspection Entails
The sad truth is, roof deficiencies don’t get better with time and not having timely repairs made can result in more deep-seated structural concerns. A proper roof inspection will reveal common problems as well as not-so-predictable issues on your roof. Your tile roof needs special care and attention during the inspection to discover if any repairs and needed while not creating further damage. Our roofers will look over every inch of your roof, from inside the attic to around the property and on top of the roof. Our roof inspection checklist entails the following.
Around the Exterior and On the Roof
Our roofers will walk around your house and look out for any obvious signs of damage, sagging, or aging. We look for areas on your roof or in the gutter system with accumulated leaves, moss, or algae. These areas could cause water damage and should be taken care of promptly.
For safety reasons and to prevent tiles from breaking, only let a tile roofing professional walk on your tile roof. Clay tile is especially fragile and is almost guaranteed to give in when you walk on it. Our roofers are specially trained to traverse your roof to carry out the inspection with the utmost of care.
Here are the most common problems our roofers might identify on your tile roof:
- Broken or Missing Tiles – Any missing or broken tile can allow your roof’s underlayment (the waterproofing element) to erode due to harsh weather elements or infestation by insects and birds.
- Missing or Damaged Flashing – Tile roofs require a special top flashing to help protect the vulnerable areas of your roof. Some roofers, especially out-of-town ones, tend to neglect to install top flashing, putting your roof at greater risk for early failure.
- Organic Debris between Tiles – Plant materials such as mold and lichen can gradually eat away at the underlayment, which can void your roof’s warranty. We’ll also look out for piles of leaves, twigs, and other debris on your roof.
- Water Damaged Fascia Boards – The long, straight board that lies along the lower edge of tile roofs may need repair or replacement after some years since they’re vulnerable to water damage and can rot.
- Sagging Roof – A sagging tile roof could be a sign of two problems: too much weight on your roof or weakened roof structure.
Depending on the outcome of our roof inspection, we may coordinate with a structural engineer to further analyze and correct any structural issues with your roof.
Our roofers will also inspect the interior of your roof and look out for leaks or drips in the attic. We’ll look out for any discoloration, sagging, or wetness on walls and ceilings.
Other signs of roof damage that can be identified from your home’s interior include:
- Dark patches on ceilings
- Peeling paint below your roof’s overhangs
- Damp spots around fireplaces
- Water stains on pipes that vent the furnace or water heater
If our roofers discover worrisome signs, especially if your roof is old or has recently suffered a violent storm, we may recommend a total roof replacement. Specialized roof inspectors at Kelly Roofing are highly trained, licensed, and insured to work on various roof types, including low-slope and high-slope roofs. We also deal with different roofing materials such as clay and concrete tiles, asphalt shingles, and metal.
You Can Do Something about your Roof!
Now that you know what goes into an excellent tile roof inspection, you can rest assured Kelly Roofing will carry out a thorough roof inspection and catch problems before they escalate into major damages. Our scheduled maintenance and repairs will help extend the life of your tile roof by up to twice as long! We serve the wider South Florida area, including Naples, Bonita Springs, Weston, and Fort Myers. Contact us today for more information about roof inspection or to schedule a free inspection.