A roof won’t leak unless it rains.

Makes sense, right?

Unfortunately, rainy season is now upon us in Southwest Florida, and judging by the phone calls and emails pouring into Target Roofing & Sheet Metal, Mother Nature has exposed some leaks.

Water intrusion can damage insulation and drywall, as well as contribute to mold growth and electrical hazards. Leaks don’t go away on their own – they only grow larger and more severe.

That’s why it’s so important to take precautions to protect your roof during rainy season. Here are four simple steps that should be on the to-do list for every property manager and building supervisor in Southwest Florida:

  • Clean gutters: Fallen leaves, pine needles and debris routinely accumulate in gutters, and that buildup can disrupt the flow of rainwater. Standing water created by a gutter blockage can cause rot in wood fascia and soffit, and even a roof deck, as well as lead to insect infestations.
  • Inspect downspouts: Water flowing off the rooftop and into gutters is channeled into a downspout. Although downspouts are less likely to be blocked than gutters, it’s still possible. A bigger concern is when downspouts don’t properly channel water away from the structure, and that can damage landscaping, create breeding grounds for mosquitoes and soften the soil under a building, which can lead to cracks in the foundation.
  • Trim trees: Palms, oaks, pines and other types of trees that aren’t regularly pruned are more likely to succumb to high winds, and if those branches are dangling above a structure, that can be bad news. Even routine thunderstorms can bring wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph. Beyond roof damage from falling limbs, branches leaning over or touching a roof give rodents and insects direct access to a structure.
  • Call a trained professional: Only a trained eye can spot potential areas of concern. An experienced inspector will note cracks or chips in tiles, displaced or buckled shingles, missing screws and nails, evidence of pooled water or drainage issues, mold and algae growth, damaged flashing, rust and more. They not only will spot issues before they become a problem, but also will make recommendations that help extend the life of a roof.

Just because a roof made it through the season’s first few thunderstorms doesn’t mean it is not leaking. It often takes time before water intrusion makes its way through insulation, crawl spaces and attics, and only then will those inside of a building take note. That’s why roofers recommend annual inspections. It’s like visiting the doctor – you go once a year, even if you’re feeling fine, just to make sure your health is in order. Annual inspections also are critical when filing a post-hurricane insurance claim because insurance companies want to know a storm – not lack of preventative maintenance – caused a problem.

To schedule an inspection, call Target Roofing today at 239-332-5707.

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