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 your Shingles & Tiles
The shingles and tiles on your roof can come loose or break, especially during storms or high winds. To check the condition of your roof, take a look at your shingles & tiles. Look for any that may be cracked, broken, loose or even missing. You should only do this from the ground because it can be dangerous to get on your roof.
3. Clear Debris
Get rid of any debris that collects on 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 your roof 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 into your home, not just water, but outside air as well. 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 puts weight and pressure on them, sometimes causing them to 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 and to make sure that they’re properly secured to your home.
7. Trim Your Trees
Trees close to your home can cause debris to collect on your roof and in your gutters. They also up the risk of your home 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 home. While the weather might not be as severe as in some other regions, your roof could still be damaged by trees and even the 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 it or cooling it, you want to ensure that the air circulating in your home stays within it and that the 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 the possibility of 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 seasonal weather is mild, so you have plenty of time to replace your roof. If you’ve been making a lot of repairs lately, replacing it might be a better idea.
Florida winters might not be extremely harsh, but it’s still important to prepare your home by taking care of your roof.