Residents of Northeast Florida can hope for a white Christmas all they want, but that won’t make it happen. The same applies to necessary roof maintenance and needed repairs: while routine home servicing may not be a jolly subject, ignoring it and hoping for the best will not make maintenance-related issues go away. Procrastinating or avoiding repairs only makes matters worse—and more expensive. A.J. Wells Roofing Contractors make the process much less stressful for you. You have more time to devote to planning for the Holidays and your mind can focus on the things you care about.
Florida Sunshine vs. Your Roof
Jacksonville, Florida does not have the harsh winter storms that many parts of the country endure, but our area does have sun, and lots of it. The ultraviolet rays (UV rays) of the sun break down and deteriorate many materials. Your roof catches and absorbs these rays unprotected from shade. When exposed to UV rays, your roof can be subjected to degranulation. The heat also accelerates deterioration. On a 90 degree day, your roof will reach a temperatures up to 160 degrees. Over time, the sun literally bakes the protective life out of your roof and causes the underlayment to be exposed, allowing the possibility of rain and other weather to break down the roofs layers.
Don’t Wait Until After the Holidays
Roof repair or replacement is easy to put off. If you are like most people, you seldom look at your roof. But it is there doing its job 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Even a small roof leak can quickly cause major damage to your roof, insulation, gypsum board, and other aspects of your home. Waiting until you notice the water stains on the ceiling results in much more damage than you can see and expensive repairs. It is important to take action as soon as you notice any of the following signs:
● Missing shingles: They may have been damaged in a storm and then blown off some time later. Once a shingle goes missing, your roof lacks adequate protection and the damage begins almost immediately.
● Shingles buckling: There are several possible causes of shingle buckling or puckering. It could be due to excessive moisture or inadequate ventilation in your attic. Nails backing out of sheathing will also cause shingles to raise up. It is best to consult a roofing expert to know whether the issue is cosmetic or indicative of a more serious issue.
● Damp or dark wood in your attic: Perhaps while retrieving some Christmas decorations, you noticed some discoloration around your chimney or vent pipes. Leaks often begin in these areas due to old flashing that has cracked.
● Hail Storm: Did you know we have Microburst Hail Storms in North Florida and this can cause major damage to your roof over time if not inspected and repaired.
The last thing anyone wants to worry about is roof damage during the Holidays. Routine maintenance can help avoid major damage to the exterior—and interior—of your home. A.J. Wells Roofing Contractors can save you time and money over the Holidays by ensuring your roof is sound and in good condition. Contact us at A.J. Wells Roofing Contractor today for a free roof inspection or to schedule service before the Holiday so you can focus on what’s really important this season: family.