Hurricane season is on, and you’ve probably already heard the dire predictions.
Because Florida locals deal with hurricane risks each and every year, it’s not unusual to forget about the official start until it’s upon us. Storm damage rarely happens early in the season, which runs from June 1 through the end of November. Statistically, you’re more likely to see bad weather in September or October than in June.
But if you’ve been around The Sunshine State for more than a few years, you know there are caveats.
The yearly ritual of making sure your home has food, water, and batteries to last through an electrical outage isn’t just for show. Storm damage can knock out the power and leave you sitting in the dark for days. It gets much worse when you realize your roof has sprung a leak.
It Doesn’t Take a Hurricane to Damage an Older Roof in Florida
Even though Floridians take hurricanes seriously, it’s not unusual to see a long-time resident shrug at the idea of a Category 1 hurricane, doing a quick run to the gas station or grocery store to stock up within an hour of projected landfall. While a little detachment is helpful, it’s also important to know your limits.
Even a tropical storm, with sustained winds below the 74 mph threshold required by a hurricane, can still do a number on your roof. And in the immediate aftermath, storm damage to power lines, roads, and other infrastructure may make it impossible for a Central Florida roofing contractor to reach you quickly.
Florida has some of the best building codes in the United States when it comes to protecting property against wind and rain. However, older structures might not meet all of the most recent standards. At the same time, your roof can age “invisibly,” with small issues creeping up on you until they suddenly become bigger ones.
The average roofing system manufacturer claims their products will last around 20 years with maintenance. While proper maintenance does extend a roof’s service life, Florida puts any roof through its paces. A nearly relentless combination of sweltering heat, heavy wind, and rain means most shingle roofs won’t last that long.
Fifteen years is a better estimate – and today’s insurance firms look for ten years as the cutoff.
Roof Repair Can Keep Your Central Florida Roof Going for Another Season
With the average shingle roof, you can often notice some issues by examining the roof from ground level with a pair of binoculars. But the superficial symptoms that might be on the surface layer of shingles don’t always tell the whole story. On old roofs, there may be multiple shingle layers. There’s also a waterproof underlayment.
A professional roof inspection enables a trusted Central Florida roofing contractor to understand any weakness in your roof and what to do about it. Roof inspections are best done early in the season so that any necessary roof repairs can be handled before heavy weather causes storm damage.
For a standard shingle roof in Central Florida, roof repair usually consists of removing damaged shingles and replacing them. Cracked, dented, and softened shingles are the first to go. If your roof has been “roofed over” with additional layers of shingles, the layers beneath may be damaged and should also be removed.
Most Florida roofs are the strongest and most secure with a single layer of strong, modern shingles.
Other styles of roofs in Central Florida have their own specific repair needs. While a shingle roof repair can often be done on the same day as the roof inspection, specialty roofs can take a little bit longer. For example, cracked clay roofing tiles need to be replaced with the same style of tile as the rest of your roof.
Likewise, if you have a damaged metal roofing panel, it usually needs to be replaced. It can take a few days for an appropriate replacement to arrive – but when you work with a GAF-certified Master Elite Roofing Contractor, like Sheegog Contracting, you can rest assured you’re getting the highest quality materials at the best prices.
We strive to ensure your roof is as strong as it can be before any tropical storms hit.
For True Peace of Mind, Look to Central Florida Roof Replacement
Sooner or later, every roof needs to be replaced.
A well-maintained Central Florida shingle roof will last about 10 to 15 years between replacement, while residential metal roofing can last between 20 and 50 years. Tile roofing can go even longer depending on the materials used in the tiles. Whatever the case, though, you don’t want to be stuck with an old, unreliable roof.
After a roof inspection and roof repair, a trusted Central Florida roofing contractor will have a good idea of just how long you can expect your current roof to last. For most homeowners, roof replacement is a balancing act: You want to get value from your roof for as long as you can, but not wait so long that you incur growing repair costs.
That’s why it’s crucial to make your decision as early in the hurricane season as you can!
Central Florida roof replacement is an investment, but it’s one that’s worthwhile in the end.
After about seven years, the cost of maintaining and repairing the average roof steadily rises – and repairs can be so dire after storm damage, they aren’t even worth it. If there’s a chance you’ll end up replacing your roof in the end, it’s always best to do it on your own timeframe, not the one dictated by Mother Nature.
At Sheegog Contracting, we strive to ensure that homeowners get the high-quality roof replacement they want without having to wait. Weeks can make a significant difference, so we have our own in-house roofing financing for you to take advantage of. That means you can get started as soon as you choose to.
Sheegog Contracting Makes Roof Replacement in Central Florida Easy
You might wonder: “How long does it take to replace a roof in Central Florida?”
At Sheegog Contracting, we arrive at your home early and work late to ensure that the job gets done both fast and right. Safety concerns require us to take a break around mid-day when the heat is harshest, so we make up for that by starting soon after dawn and working for as long as there’s enough light.
A complete roof replacement in Central Florida can take as little as one day and rarely exceeds three.
Plus, you get the benefit of our proven Five-Step Roofing Process. Our unique approach to Central Florida roofing saves you time and money while ensuring you always know exactly what’s happening next. There are no surprises with us – except for just how easy it all is.
Contact us to find out more or get started.