The roof is the basis, the most important part of a house. It is vital as it offers protection as well as insulation, so a proper quality shingle or tile roof is essential. The roof is also arguably the most vulnerable part of your Florida home because it is exposed to the elements, more than any other part. If it is not cared for properly, it can cost you time, money and many headaches. If properly maintained and cared for, a roof in Tampa can last for decades with only minor repairs and costs. However, every roof has its service life and its quality and durability are bound to deteriorate over time, especially if exposed to heat and extreme weather conditions. Here are some of the signs that can warn you it is time for a roof replacement.
When to replace your roof – warning signs
First of all, it is important to take proper care of your roof in order for it to last as long as it can. Regular maintenance will prevent greater damage and frequent repairs, allowing your roof to live out its designated service life. After some time, on the other hand, the quality of the roof will inevitably decrease and after a few decades the roof will have to be replaced.
Age. There are roofs, probably some of the more modern and sustainable ones that can last for a very long time, but usually, the age limit for a roof here in Tampa is around 30 years. It could last a little longer, but you should be prepared to replace it in the following years, depending on the roof’s condition.
Shingles curling. The shingles on your roof can start curling in two different ways: cupping and clawing. Cupping is when the shingles’ edges start turning upwards, and clawing is when the middle of the shingles starts coming upwards. Both are signs of a worn out roof due to age, weather or some other uncontrollable conditions. Curling could potentially cause some problems, such as leaking, so it is best to start thinking about replacing the roof. It is not an immediate problem, which means that, depending on the extent of curling, the roof can last for up to five more years.
Missing or cracked shingles. Shingles can be damaged or fall off due to some extreme weather conditions or due to age. If the cracks or the missing shingles are only found in one place, then there is not much to worry about, and replacing a few shingles is not a complicated task. But if the cracks are not concentrated, then it is probably time for a replacement. The roof will probably last for a few more years in that condition.
Granules coming off. If you are starting to find some granules in your gutter and noticing them coming off the shingles’ surface, it is a sign of a worn-out roof and of a decreased quality. Its service life is slowly coming to an end, so it might be time to replace the roof. Of course, as with the previous warning signs, this is also not an urgent problem and you still have a few years before the replacement becomes inevitable.
Rotting. If the mat at the core of the shingle is made from organic compounds then it can collect moisture and cause the shingle to rot. It can be easily noticed on the roof – it is presented in the form of black spots and it causes the granules to fall off. Replacing the mat with non-organic compounds will prevent the rot from spreading. If it continues to spread and appears in more places, then it is time for a new roof.
How to replace your roof
Replacing a roof is a complex and a demanding task, and it should be done by professionals. Replacing a roof includes getting rid of the old one, securing the workplace properly, making all the necessary preparations and inspections, and eventually installing a new roof. You should research roofing contractors, check their client feedback, ask for some estimates and decide what the best option for you is.
However, if your roof demands only partial replacement or repair, that is something you could do yourself with proper skill, tools, material and guidance. If you have some broken, damaged, or missing tiles (either slates or shingles) here is how you can replace them.
To remove a broken tile and replace it you can use a slate ripper, if it is a slate, or a simple hacksaw blade for any other type. With these tools first cut the broken tile, and then you can lift a little the tiles above the broken one to pull the rest of it out. Some tiles are attached to the roof and to one another through furring strips and other can be attached by inter-locking joints. So you will also need to detach the broken tiles from the furring strips or undo the inter-locking joints. Then simply place a new tile attaching it to the furring strip, making sure it fits well, that it is firm and stable, and that it is well adjusted with the other tiles.