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At ONEWAY ROOFING, our goal is to achieve peace of mind for all of our customers. Part of that mission is helping you understand the steps to maintain your roof. Roof maintenance tips aren’t always just about the simple routine inspections. Here are a couple things to watch out for during the upkeep of your roof.mike roof photo

Roof maintenance is absolutely necessary. By upkeeping your roof, you can prevent major costs down the road. When performing maintenance checks, it is important to make sure that you check for cracked, missing, loose or damaged tiles and shingles. Your gutters should also be cleaned regularly. In Florida we experience a heavy amount of rainfall. As a result, a lot of debris is trapped in this area.

Gutters are a vital part of your roof. If the issue is not assessed, the water can back up and eventually cause mold, mildew and other roof related issues. Since we do experience rainfall all year round, branches and rubbish might fall onto your roof. It is a good idea to just remove any of this to avoid things like unwanted growth and moisture.

Keeping your roof clean is another way to help your roof last longer. Pressure washing is an option but should only be done by a professional and someone who is experienced in the roofing industry. Pressure washing your roof can cause damage and even force water underneath the shingles if the process is not done properly. Some cleaning solutions can also cause damage to the roof and even run off into the grass and kill plant life! Walking on a wet roof can also be very dangerous. Remember, safety always comes first!

 

-Colleen, ONEWAY ROOFING

For more info on roofing maintenance, visit our website: www.onewayroof.com or email info@onewayroof.com

In South Florida, concrete tile roofs are extremely common, and in some areas such as Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Wellington, tile roofs dominate the landscape. When a client calls our office with a tile roof leak, one of the first questions I like to ask is how long has the leak been noticeable from the inside of the home. The most common response is “I’m not sure, I just noticed it”.

south florida tile roof repairThis makes a lot of sense, since most people don’t walk around their home, staring at the ceiling. Typically, when water has entered the attic in sufficient quantity to soak through insulation and drywall, more significant damage has already occurred to the roof structure. This photo shows the level of plywood and truss rot in an attic we recently repaired. The roof leak seemed small because, from inside the living room, the area of drywall that visibly showed water damage was less than one square foot.

Although nearly every repair we perform on a tile roof show evidence inside the home, there is very rarely any sign of tile damage on top of the roof. This is because the concrete tile is not actually performing the role of a water barrier. On a tile roof, what truly protects the home from water is the underlayment.

south florida roof repair tileThe proper way to repair a tile roof leak such as the one pictured is to remove the tile over the leak and the areas surrounding it. Then, we remove the damaged underlayment to expose the damaged wood below. After cutting out and replacing the damaged wood, new underlayment is installed, using the best materials possible to ensure that the repair outlasts the rest of the roofing system. This is the more costly way to make repairs, but it’s the right way.

Frequently, homeowners will get low bids from a roofer, who plans to remove the tile and apply some roofing cement over the damaged underlayment and replace the tiles. I like to call this approach the band aid approach to repairs. What happens when you stick a band aid on a severe cut? It usually holds back the flow for a few minutes until it gets wet and falls off…

When it comes to a leaking tile roof, be sure to hire an expert that will perform the work the right way, from the beginning. A cheap repair often becomes much more expensive when it doesn’t last and causes damage drywall and wood damage that must be repaired a second time when your roof leaks again.


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