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Roof Leak Prevention for Fort Lauderdale, Miami & Palm Beach, FL

A leaky roof allows water to enter your home, destroying your drywall, insulation and framing, which eventually leads to mold.

Roof components are like any other parts of your home. They wear out with time, especially when exposed to Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Palm Beach 's high heat and heavy rains.

When it comes to leaks, an ounce of roof leak prevention guarantees a longer roof life and fewer problems.

Here are Some Roof Leak Prevention Tips:

Schedule a complete annual inspection of your roof so potential problems are identified before the leak does any damage to your home.

Have professional roofing contractors do the inspection for you. They have the knowledge and experience you may not have in identifying problem areas with your roof.

Keep a log of all inspection dates and of who conducted the inspection. Note in the log any repairs done to your roof. This makes it easy to follow up six months after a repair to ensure your roof is fixed.

Here are Six Places to Check to Prevent Roof Leaks

Valleys:

Valleys are weak spots because this is the area where most of the rain accumulates.

If you do spot a leak, run a piece of tarp along the highest point of your roof and blanket it over the side that is leaking.

This is the best method of protecting the interior of your home, until you have a professional roofing contractor come inspect your roof.

Cement Walls:

The intersection where the roof meets a raised entry way or the second-story support wall of a home is the main area prone to leaks mainly because water is prevented from flowing off the roof.

These areas leak due to water accumulating behind the wall as a result of the seal breaking in the flashing or having no flashing at all. Along with valleys, these are the two places you will find the majority of roof leaks.

Chimney:

The chimney is definitely a place to check if the water spots appear near the chimney. Worn out flashing or no flashing can cause water to run directly down your chimney and into your attic. Sometimes this happens right after a new roof is installed and the old roof is ripped away.

Skylights:

Roof leaks happen generally when the skylight turns 20 years old and moss accumulates on the top end of the skylight. The rain comes and forces the water up against the flashing and into your home.

Plumbing Stacks:

Roof vents and goose necks leak when the nails that held them down rust and break apart forming tiny holes. This happens when your shingles outlive the flashing.

Hip/Ridge (Capping):

When shingling your roof, capping is the last step in the process. The cap serves to seal the peak of the roof where the shingles come together from either side. Since the shingles cannot overlap property at this area, a tapered shingle (cap) is needed. Unfortunately, capping wears away due to the fact it horizontally faces South Florida's rain.

If You Are Still Uncertain About How to Prevent Roof Leaks or Think You May Have a Roof Leak... Please Give Us a Call and One of Our Representatives Would be Happy to Come Out and Inspect Your Roof in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Palm Beach for Free.

It only takes a few minutes and solving a minor problem now can save you thousands of dollars in unexpected repair bills in the future.

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