Many of us are a bit remiss when it comes to roof maintenance. We give it our attention when we notice a water leak inside the home or perhaps we see a shingle or tile missing while working in the yard. In truth, it’s just as important to do regular roof maintenance as it is to maintain your major appliances. Why? Because with a roof, anything that begins very small can expand to something very large … and expensive to repair. So, it’s best to catch problems while they still are very small. Additionally, regular maintenance will extend the life of your home’s roof.
Roofing materials in South Florida endure constant abuse from the weather, which requires regular cleaning and maintenance. However, the homes in our area also come in many shapes, colors and materials. The following looks at some specific roof types seen often in South Florida. For warm weather regions, such as South Florida, tile is a great alternative to shingles … and very attractive. Tile roofs can have a life expectancy of more than 50 years; yet, they are more fragile in some respects than shingled roofs. Tiles are fragile and can be damaged just by a person walking on the roof (be especially watchful of exterminators, who are notorious for walking directly on tile roofs). You must use planks or a roof ladder – never just step on a tiled roof. This is especially true for older tiles, which become brittle with age.
Have your roof cleaned by a professional twice yearly. This will not only get rid of discoloration and fungus growth, but it also will extend the life of your roof, ensuring it continues to look as good as the day it was laid. Pressure washing should not be used on any roof.Brightly colored, slurry coated tiles can fade within 20 years; however, the integral colored tiles retain their base color through the life expectancy of the roof. With cleaning/washing the roof and sealing periodically, you can prolong the life of both types of tiles.
Common in tile roofs is the growth of moss or lichen (fungus/algae), both of which can attract moisture and block valleys in the roof.