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Maintenance of your St. Petersburg Florida roof is crucial for achieving the maximum longevity of your roofing materials. It’s important to be meticulous with your roof because issues progress rapidly and will cause unforeseen damages.
Below I will talk about the most common roofing problems and activities that homeowners in St. Petersburg Florida will encounter.
What are the common roof repair activities?
It’s necessary that your roof is free of algal growth. The dark patches created by black mold will make your roof unattractive and will accelerate the rotting of your shingles. The easiest way to wash your roof is with a 50% mix of water and bleach. Or you can buy a product made specifically for cleaning roofs to avoid “bleaching” your roof flashings, gutters, downspouts, and surroundings. However, we recommend seeking a professional to avoid damages.
Pressure washing is not recommended. Wash with a garden hose and a brush. Once the stains are removed wash once again with clean water. For a tutorial visit familyhandyman.
Leaves and twigs that fall on your roof from nearby vegetation is another menace. After particularly strong winds, you should make it a point to inspect your roof for debris and sweep it clean. Otherwise, this can clog the gutters and downspouts and cause an overflow of the gutters.
Repairing damaged flashings and valleys
Flashings are metal sheets that are installed along the joints where chimneys, vents, and other installations are fixed on the roof. These are installed to your roof so that water will not seep in through the joints. The sheets may be displaced somehow or corroded because of age. Sometimes cement or caulk may be needed to fix cracked or chipped flashings.
If the flashing sheet is damaged, it will have to be replaced. On the other hand, if you notice that there are cracks on the caulk or some parts are chipped away, even if the leaking has not started, you will have to remove the loosened part and re-apply caulk or cement.
Cleaning the gutters and downspouts
Gutters and downspouts are crucial parts of your roof drainage system and should be cleaned often. While cleaning the gutter, you will also have an idea of your asphalt shingles’ condition because the first sign that tells you that all is not well with your shingles is the presence of granules in the gutter and downspouts.
What are the common roofing materials, their specialties and the maintenance methods?
1. Asphalt shingle roof repair
• Advantages of asphalt shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material due to its affordable price. Shingles endure almost all sorts of weather. Below is a list of common roof problems associated with aged asphalt shingles.
Depending on the type of asphalt shingles you choose the service life is generally 15-25 years. However, exceptionally strong winds may blow them away or curl the edges. Hurricanes and strong storms will erode the shingles making them shed granules.
Like any other roof, Asphalt shingle roofs should be clear of debris. The accumulated debris will block the gutters. This accumulation will encourage algae growth and may cause water to damage the fascia.
The flashings and valleys also should be inspected periodically to remedy any damage. The caulking requires special attention. It goes without saying that any damaged or displaced shingles should be replaced immediately.
Why do our customers consider the Roofing Company, St. Petersburg FL dependable?
We’re a group of trained professionals who’ve been engaged in all kinds of roofing projects for decades. Our workers are well-experienced in roof repair, replacement, and remedying all kinds of roofing materials.
We’re a fully insured roofing company which makes us preferred amongst our customers. Our GAF and Certain Teed certifications ensure expert service and top-notch building materials.
The projects we undertake are completed promptly with proper documentation thereby giving no opportunity for unsatisfied customers in St. Pete., Florida or any surrounding cities. Contact us through phone 727-916-3151 or the online form; we’re at your service.