At Hercules Roofing, we talk a lot about how it is important to regularly inspect your roof. Early detection of leaks can prevent headaches – literally. As water gets into your home, mold starts to grow which can cause a multitude of health problems, including headaches. The stress from locating leaks and paying repair bills can cause headaches, too. So, if you regularly check your roof, you can catch problems early before they get too large and too expensive. Here are a few important things to look for this summer:

Scrutinize Roof Shingles

The shingles that line your roof are the first line of defense for your roof. Damaged or missing shingles mean a leaky roof. If those shingles are lifting up, it is easier for water to get into the underlayment and into the house. Over time, water and wind from storms beat down on the roof and wear away the grit of the asphalt shingles diminishing their effectiveness.

Not all damaged shingles will be visibly lifting up, but that’s not the only sign they need to be replaced. Torn shingles and shingle creases are two other common signs that those shingles need to be replaced. Hercules Roofing believes that not all roofs need a replacement. Instead, many problems, like shingle replacement, can and should be repaired before the problem turns into a leak.

Inspect Roof Flashing

Roof flashing is usually made from rust-resistant metal, and it is placed around skylights, chimneys, and vents to create a barrier between the roof and the inside. It also runs along the valleys and crevices of the roof to direct water. Caulk is used to create a seal, and this caulk could wear over time.

Monitoring the points of contact on your roof with flashing is another way to take spot problems before they start. Summer heat can cause the caulk to swell and contract over time which wears it away. If you do notice worn-out caulking or leaks, call Hercules Roofing as soon as possible. We offer 24/7 emergency roof repair and inspections. Taking care of the problem before it gets worse could save you a lot of money in repair bills.

Check Your Drains And Gutters

Clogged drains and gutters can create a multitude of problems. Water overflow could accumulate around your home causing erosion at the foundation. Also, leaves and debris in the gutter are great places for pests to hide, and these pests will eventually find their way into your home. But for your roof, it could cause the shingles to rot and leaks inside your home leading to even bigger problems like mold.

While this is a summer tip, it is a good idea to clean those gutters every month. With the frequent storms in South Florida, you may need to do it more frequently especially if you notice water come off your roof instead of down the drains. Always check gutters before a hurricane too – the extra weight from debris could cause them to fall off.

Get A Free Roofing Quote From Hercules Roofing Today

If you notice any damage after you’ve done your inspection, or if something doesn’t look right, call Hercules Roofing right away. Our expert team has the experience to perform roof repairs and roof maintenance that will save you from frustration and unexpected costs. Send us a message online or call us 24/7 at (561) 220-9998.