During rainy season, your roof is like a heavyweight fighter. It absorbs blow after blow from Mother Nature – intense UV rays, heavy downpours, high winds and possibly falling branches.
After the final round, a boxer undergoes a head-to-toe medical evaluation that includes a complete physical before getting back into the ring for another fight.
After rainy season, your roof needs a similar inspection so it’s ready to fight another battle with Mother Nature during the next rainy season. Target Roofing’s experienced, certified roofing inspectors are well aware of the types of roof damage that occur during the seasons – UV damage, water intrusion, material decay, mold and algae growth, worn-down adhesives and clogged drainage. And that’s just in a regular rainy season. Damage from hurricanes and tropical storms amplifies concerns.
As rainy season begins to wrap up, here are three steps you should take immediately to evaluate your roof’s ability to take on another season:
(1) Gather your insurance policies for review: Businesses, property owners and associations have a multitude of insurance documents. Pull your property insurance and hurricane insurance policies. Target Roofing’s team of professionals is able to evaluate your policies to help determine what roof repairs and projects might be, and might not be, covered under terms of a policy.
(2) Determine when your roof was installed: All roofs come with a manufacturer’s warranty. Reputable roofing contractors also guarantee their workmanship. However, no warranty is ever a true “lifetime warranty,” so it’s important to know the age of a roof and when previous repairs were made. Target Roofing partners with some of the leading manufacturers, like GAF, CertainTeed and Carlisle SynTec, and can explain warranty details in layman’s terms.
(3) Schedule a FREE inspection with Target Roofing: With no contractual obligations or hidden costs, a free inspection offers a professional, unbiased evaluation of a roof’s current condition. Your manufacturer’s warranty likely requires annual inspections and routine maintenance to remain valid. The key is having an inspector finding a cause for concern before it becomes a big problem. Leaks can lead to mold growth, damaged drywall and insulation, electrical hazards and even insect infestations.
Our inspectors have a 50+ point maintenance checklist when examining a roof, helping catch potential issues before they become costly problems. A proactive roof maintenance plan, such as Target Roofing’s TotalCoverage plan, offers the best coverage and protection for a business or home’s roof.
Companies understand that regular maintenance is essential for vehicles, machinery and appliances, but many property managers and business owners are surprised to learn their roofs will also need preventative maintenance. A little expenditure upfront ultimately will protect your assets down the road. Roof leaks, or poorly repaired leaks, could grow into much bigger problems affecting all areas of your business and can cost you tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. A leaky roof can impact your:
- Time: Coordinating vendors, managing insurance claims and disruption of day-to-day operations.
- Income: Tenants might move out if they’re unable to use their space due to leaks.
- Expenses: There is a significant cost to replace damaged inventory, assets and equipment, or hire a water remediation company.
- Overall Roof Life: Incorrectly repaired or recurring leaks will slowly cause additional damage and structural problems, which can reduce your roof’s useful life expectancy.
The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends roof maintenance be performed at least twice each year. In Florida, it’s important the first inspection be scheduled before the rainy season to identify any issues for repair, and again after the rainy season to gauge how it weathered the storms.
Many roofs are designed to last about 15 to 20 years. Well-maintained roofs, however, can extend that timeline to 25, 30 or more years, a small investment that saves money over time. Some manufacturers will extend their warranties an extra 3 to 5 years for owners with a maintenance plan in place.
Once you gather your insurance policies and warranty information, contact Target Roofing at 239-332-5707 to schedule a FREE inspection.