Winter might be mild in Florida, but there are still some things to watch out for if you want to protect your home. The weather can still affect the structure of your roof, even if there isn’t snow and ice piling up on top. When winter arrives, there are a few seasonal things you can do to take care of your roof.
1. Fix Sealant and Weatherstripping
Any sealant or weatherstripping on your roof can start to deteriorate and come away. You might have sealant around antennas, brick stacks and other features to protect them from moisture and the weather. Replacing this sealant when it’s needed will help to keep your roof in good condition. Make sure to check to see if it’s damaged and might need to be repaired or replaced.
2. Take a Look at Shingles
The shingles on your roof can come loose or break, especially during storms or high winds. To check if your roof is in good condition, take a look at the shingles to see if there are any cracked, broken, loose or even missing. You should only do this from the ground because it can be dangerous to attempt to get on your roof.
3. Clear Debris
Get rid of any debris that collects on and around your roof to ensure proper drainage when it rains. It also helps to prevent damage to your roof from debris building up and causing stress, and it keeps your roof looking good too. Clear any debris from your roof in a safe manner, preferably by using a professional service.
4. Check Flashing
If there is damaged flashing on your roof, it can leave it vulnerable to leaks. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons for leaks in your roof. It’s a good idea to check the flashing annually, if not more than once a year. Winter in Florida is a great time to do it because the weather is mild and storm season is over.
5. Assess Roof Valleys
Roof valleys can lead to leaks too. Leaks could let not just water, but outside air, into your home. And when outside air is getting in, your home won’t be as energy efficient as it could be. If debris collects in roof valleys, it can put weight and pressure on them and they can wear away quicker than they need to.
6. Clean Out Your Gutters
Gutters are there to help water drain off your roof, so they need to be clear. Get rid of any leaves or other debris that might have build up over the last few months and could be blocking water from draining properly from your roof. It’s a good time to clean your gutters too and make sure that they’re properly secured to your property.
7. Trim Your Trees
Trees close to your home can cause debris to collect and could mean your home is at risk of being hit by a falling branch. If you want to avoid damage to your roof, you should keep your trees trimmed back and away from your property. While the weather might not be as severe as in some other regions, your roof could still be damaged by trees or even animals that live in them.
8. Take a Look at Insulation
The insulation in your roof helps to keep your home energy efficient. Whether you’re warming or cooling it, you ensure that the air circulating in your home stays within it and air and moisture from outside can’t get in. You can inspect the insulation in your attic to see if there’s enough and to see if there is any deterioration. Adding more insulation or replacing old insulation can make your home more efficient and help you save money.
9. Book an Inspection
There are some roof care tasks that you can take care of yourself, but working on your roof can be dangerous. If you want to avoid hurting yourself or causing damage to your roof, it’s a good idea to book an inspection by a contractor. A professional roofer can take a proper look at your roof and spot any problems, as well as repair them.
10. Consider That Roof Replacement
If you’ve been thinking about a roof replacement for a while, winter could be the best time to do it. The weather is mild and won’t pick up again anytime soon, so you have plenty of time to replace your roof. If you’ve been making lots of repairs recently, a replacement might be a better idea.
Florida winters might not be too harsh, but it’s still important to prepare your home by taking care of your roof.