As the crowning component of one’s home or business, the roof serves to protect all of the other building elements underneath. But any compromise to the integrity of that roof represents a serious threat to the entire building, as well as any possessions within. Even the smallest problem stemming from a damaged or otherwise compromised roof can cause significant damage if not tended to in a timely fashion.
Water intrusion from an unnoticed leak can eventually damage ceilings, trim, insulation, drywall, paint, and framing. In short, everything the intruding water touches is put at risk, including the electrical system’s wiring, which could face a water-induced short that leads to fire. Water intrusion can also lead to rapid mold and mildew growth, especially in the humid climate of southwest Florida. Additionally, damaged roofing material provides a potential opening for pest infestations, such as from termites, which, if left untreated, can cause significant damage as well.
What to Look For When Inspecting Your Building’s Roof
Regular inspection of your residential or commercial roof can identify potential problems before extensive damage to your building sets in. At a minimum, a roof inspection should consider the following:
- Any loose, missing, broken or otherwise damaged tiles or shingles, especially those on or near valleys, troughs, flashing, ridges and chimney crickets.
- All flashing and related sealants around chimneys, skylights, plumbing vents and cabling. Not only should the flashing itself be in good condition, but any sealants or gaskets should be checked for damage or age-related deterioration. Roof-to-wall transition areas, such as found with dormers, should also be closely inspected.
- All drip edges should be checked to make sure they are moving water away from the fascia, and that there are no gaps between the roof deck and fascia board.
- Gutters need to be cleansed of debris, properly sloped and tightly fastened.
Stave Off Potential Problems With an Inspection and Maintenance Plan
Along with inspecting your roof, consider professional cleaning, and, if needed, a new coating to protect your roof from the Florida sun and weather. FCI Painting’s 360 Degree Roof Maintenance Plan includes power washing with an organic cleaning solution that kills damaging mildew and removes dirt and other potentially damaging contaminants. We can handle any needed repairs, replace sealants, and fix broken or missing tiles or shingles. We also offer a variety of coating options and custom colors to provide added protection to your roof’s surface.
As a fully licensed and insured contractor with 20 years of dedicated service in southwest Florida, Naples-based FCI Painting offers a comprehensive roof inspection and maintenance plan that can help maintain the integrity of your residential or commercial building’s roof at a reasonable price. Not only does our 360 Degree Roof Maintenance Plan stave off potential problems from roof-borne water and pest intrusion, but it keeps your roof looking clean so that it accents your home or business like a crown. To learn more about FCI Painting roof services and other property painting and maintenance services, contact us today online, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.