Water damage is the second most frequently filed homeowners’ insurance claim in the country. They’re also growing faster than any other type of claim. The average cost to repair a leak in your roof? A whopping $777.
All this is saying nothing of the roofing woes South Florida’s tropical climate brings with it: high humidity, a rainy season that lasts for up to six months, potential hurricane damage, and more.
These factors conspire to make South Florida a roof leak paradise. Far from the type of paradise we want to live in, this one isn’t any good at all. This is why it’s so important to understand what can cause a leak in your roof.
We’ve listed the four most common reasons for roof leaks below. Check them out and make sure your roof isn’t showing any of these signs! If it is, contact us today for South Florida’s premier residential roof repair.
If your roof is leaking, it’s a good bet the cause is missing, cracked, or damaged shingles. While missing shingles are obvious (there will be gaps in your roofing and the shingles will probably pile up on your lawn), cracked or damaged shingles are a bit subtler.
Going up on your roof to check for damaged shingles is dangerous, so we don’t recommend doing this yourself. What you can do is go into your attic and check to see where the leak seems to be coming from. Chances are your damaged shingles are going to be above that spot.
Bonus tip: make sure to give your roof a good once over after any hurricane or heavy storm.
We’ve talked about the importance of keeping your gutters clean before, we’re talking about it right now, and we’ll talk about it again in the future. This simple step offers major benefits to the overall health of your roof. Nowhere is this more apparent than when it comes to leaks.
Clogged gutters can slow and even stop water from draining off your roof. This leads to backup, which over time will cause leaks and warping. Over more time this will lead to structural damage to your roof and the need to replace the entire thing.
Our two cents? If there is one type of home repair you do regularly, make sure it’s cleaning your gutters.
One of the benefits of living in Florida is the natural light. It makes your house brighter and more welcoming. Natural light can even make your house look larger if you have an open floorplan. One of the best ways to get this natural light? Skylights.
We love skylights and highly recommend taking advantage of them. What we don’t recommend, though, is skimping on installation. Improperly fitted skylights can lead to large leaks and serious water damage. Older, weather-beaten skylights are also the source of many a roof leak.
You’ll be able to tell if your skylights are causing a leak easily. Is there water dripping down from them? Are there dark spots or warped paint around them? If so, they’re leaking and need to be repaired.
Working roof vents are incredibly important. They keep your HVAC system working properly, the temperature controlled in your house, your electric bill in check, and your attic free of moisture that can lead to mold and rot.
Blocked or damaged roof vents, on the other hand, can lead to a whole lot of problems, including a leaking roof. Leaks can occur on your vents due to loose or degraded sealing, cracked booting, missing nails, and more.
Almost anything that compromises the water tightness of your roof vents can be the cause of the leak. Check your attic to see if there is moisture buildup around your vents. If there is, chances are good that a leak is forming or already there.
We have over three decades of experience with South Florida roofs, Aastro Roofing is your secret weapon against leaks and all other potential damage. Contact us today for all your roofing needs, from expert roof maintenance packages to free estimates!
Did you know that up to 40% of homes in America have at least one safety problem related to their roof? This fact highlights the importance of making sure your roof is safe and secure.
This is easier said than done. Extending your roof’s lifetime isn’t an easy task, especially in Florida’s unforgiving climate. It is, however, well worth the work. Benefits range from saving money on property taxes and home inspections to saving money on having to replace your roof altogether.
That’s why we’ve put together the following five tips on how to make your roof last longer. Check them out and don’t wait to contact us today for all your residential roofing needs. We’re a family-owned and operated South Florida roofing company with over three decades of experience!
The easiest way to make sure your roof lasts long, whether it’s a commercial roof or residential, is to replace tiles or shingles as they wear. Letting one or two tiles stay damaged during a rainstorm may not seem like a problem. Trust us, it is.
This allows water to get into your roof and attic. It can lead to warping, mold, and further roofing material damage. It can compromise the structural integrity of your roof and lead to serious problems in the future.
The bottom line: make sure to repair your roof as tiles or shingles are damaged.
We spoke briefly about water entering your roof due to damaged materials above. Want to know another way water enters your house? Through backed up gutters causing a buildup of water. This is especially harmful during Florida’s hurricane season, when several inches of water can build on your roof.
This buildup of water can lead to a number of problems, including: warped and rotted wood, material deterioration, mold, and fungus.
Making sure your gutters are clean, secured to your roof and the side of your house properly, and able to move water along their length will protect you from potential backups of water.
Chances are a tree is never going to fall on your roof and crash into your house. If one does, however, the costs to remove the tree, replace your roof, and reinforce your walls are nothing short of astronomical.
Another subtler issue is when branches, leaves, or coconuts fall onto your roof and lead to problems. Clogged gutters, molding leaves, scratches and damaged surfaces, and more are all possible. Keeping branches trimmed and in order can prevent all the above.
Do you know how your attic is insulated and ventilated? Probably not, but making sure both are done properly goes a long way towards keeping your roof in good shape and will save you money on your electric bill.
Make sure your attic is venting right by checking how air enters and exits it. You’ll want to pay attention to your central air unit and any vents in your ceiling and attic. Check if air is moving smoothly from room to room to outdoors. Check if air is unusually hot or cold in any areas it shouldn’t be.
Making sure your attic is insulated properly will keep it from getting too hot. Heat can lead to warped wood and all sorts of bacteria growing in your attic. You definitely want to avoid both. Pay close attention to whether any insulation is blocking your attic’s ventilation.
Make Sure to Have Your Roof Inspected Regularly
And here’s our number one tip: make sure to get annual roof inspections. Everything we’ve discussed so far is important but, unless you hire a roofing contractor do it, won’t be done by a professional. You want someone who knows about roofs to check for potential issues.
You’re going to want to have someone inspect your roof itself, but also closely examine your attic and walls.
Whether you need a roof inspection, roof repair, or something else entirely, we can help. Aastro Roofing has over 30 years’ experience in making sure your roof is in tiptop shape. Contact us today for a free estimate.
It’s a debate as old as time itself. We’re not talking about chocolate or vanilla. We’re not talking about Star Trek or Star Wars. We’re not even talking about the Yankees or the Mets (Yanks, of course). We’re talking about tile or shingle roofs.
Each has their own benefits and their own drawbacks. We’ll explore them in-depth below. The most important thing to know, right off the bat, is that shingle roofs are less expensive upfront than tile.
Find the difference between tile and shingle roofs below. Contact us today if you’d like more information on either or to schedule your residential roof repair.
Shingle roofs are made up of many shingles (small slates) that overlap and provide protection from the elements. The individual shingles can be made from a variety of materials, including: fiberglass, slate, asphalt, shake, wood, or copper. Most shingle roofs now use a fiberglass/asphalt mixture due to this combination’s durability.
Shingle installation is simple and straightforward. Maintenance is also simple, due to the overlap between each shingle which helps to keep water and debris out. The average lifespan of a shingle roof is between fifteen and thirty years.
These factors lead to shingle roofs being significantly less expensive than tile roofs.
Tile roofs are similar to shingle, but differ in a handful of key ways. First, the tiles themselves are usually made of clay or concrete, rather than fiberglass. They’re also sealed to the roof, which increases your roof’s protection and durability. This point is especially important in Florida, where hurricanes and inclement weather can be a big problem.
Another difference is the variety of styles that tile roofs come in. You can do almost anything with a tile roof, from a Mediterranean look to classic Southwest style. The installation process is a bit more complicated than shingles, and if you add in a special style, can often result in a much higher upfront cost.
Tile roofs last for between thirty and forty years.
Having explored the basics of tile and shingle roofing, the question becomes which is better? Unfortunately, there isn’t a single answer. Each roof has its own unique set of perks and problems.
Tile roofs are going to cost more upfront, but will last for about twice as long as shingle roofs. Shingle roofs are going to offer a quicker and easier installation process, while tile will take a bit longer. Tile roofs hold their value better than shingle.
Another major difference between the type is the amount of weight they can support. Tile roofing is heavier than shingle. If your home can’t support a heavy roof, then you’re going to want to go with shingles.
Whichever material you decide on, it’s important to make sure it’s installed properly and coated adequately. These will increase the lifespan of your roof and general make it stronger and more durable. Contact us today to get a free roofing estimate and learn why we’ve been South Florida’s premier roofing contract for three decades!
Every year, Delray Beach receives more than five feet of rain. In South Florida, we think we have the best weather. While we do enjoy the gorgeous Florida sunshine, you should understand that your roof will take a pounding year in and year out. The rain, the wind, and the elements all take their toll on your house.
At Aastro Roofing, we want you to feel secure about your roof. As part of our service to you, we would like you to understand that damage that your home could experience.
When the harsh winds of a summer squall or a winter storm blow, your shingles may flap in the wind. This is especially true if your shingles were poorly installed by another company. If you have gone more than fifteen years without repair or replacement, you are at risk for shingle damage. This is due to the fact that shingles become brittle and inflexible at about this time.
There are signs of shingle lift. When the shingles of your roof do not look like they are lying completely flat, that is a bad omen. You will want to break out the binoculars and look for shingles that are askew or altogether gone.
A storm can provide the perfect backdrop for the invasion of mold. Water does not need that much space to enter your home uninvited, and once it gets in there you have a problem. When water has soaked into an area, it can lead to mold.
After mold has come into your home, it needs to be eliminated quickly. If it is not, it is possible, and even likely, that it will spread. Spores travel quickly through ventilation systems. This means that it can go into parts of your house where you are regularly. Some mold causes health problems.
When you are cleaning your roof, it is a good idea to check your gutters and drainage systems. Your shingles will naturally shed some granules. The issue can become problematic very quickly, however. After it rains, it is prudent to check the downspouts. When you see many granules, you have a situation.
At this point, it is wise to check your roof. You will want to look for shingles that are very thin, or have become exposed. This is bad due to the fact that granules protect you from the Sun’s ultraviolet light. If you notice that many shingles have become smooth, it may be a good idea to replace your roof.
Of these, this is easily the worst in terms of cost. A ceiling that is sagging or discolored means that there is water leaking down from the roof. The water will pool, and you run the risk of having severe structural damage.
When you spot a sagging ceiling, it is a good idea to check for the source. If you catch the problem early, chances are your costs will be insignificant. As soon as you see it, you will need to go up to your attic and find where the water is coming from.
If you would like to know more about our Boca Raton residential roof services, call us today.