Scorching heat, ruthless storms, and intense humidity – these are just some of the typical climatic conditions in Orlando and some other parts of the US. Property owners in these areas need to take important steps to sustain and increase the longevity of their roofing systems. However, deciding whether the roof of your multifamily property needs repair or replacement is not easy, unless your chosen Orlando commercial roofing contractor provides a roof asset management program, where experts analyze your roof, at least, twice a year. To help you decide when it’s time to replace your roof, here are four signs you should look for.
1. Disfigured Shingles
Heavy storms and intense heat batter and bake the shingles, making them lose their shape over time. Moreover, a lack of proper ventilation may also harm the shingles and increase the average attic temperature. Once they start curling, buckling and cracking, the underlayment that acts as an environmental barrier is exposed, demanding the immediate attention of a roofing expert.
2. Warped Soffit Boards and Fascia
Soffit and fascia boards serve two purposes: (1) support the rafters of your building, and (2) help you determine whether the roof is getting damaged by moisture or any ventilation issues. Though soffits have vents for air circulation, damaged soffit boards cause moisture issues in your roof. If the wood on your roofing system stays wet, it might produce fungus that would soon spread to eaves and beams, if left ignored.
3. Stains, Streaks, and Leaks
Leaks do not develop overnight; however, water dripping from the ceiling is the last thing you would want to occur. Dripping water will greatly impact your tenant turnover, weaken your property’s structure, and drastically increase your expenditure on the property’s overall maintenance. Similarly, stains and streaks, which start around shingles or flashings, indicate damp areas in your roofings system where fungus is breeding. If not controlled, it will spread in other areas soon, weakening your property’s structure.
4. Old Age
Usually, a roof has a lifespan of about 20-25 years. While regular preventive maintenance increases this number. Moreover, if your earlier roofing contractor had installed the new roof over the original roof, your roofing system might show signs of premature damage–an important reason experienced commercial roofing contractors never practice this type of construction.
Unless your roofing system shows tangible wear signs, it won’t be easy to decide whether it needs replacement or repair. Obscured issues in the underlayment and flashings may lead to larger problems and increase your maintenance cost, if not addressed on time. Therefore, it is always wise to consult a commercial roofing contractor, and if possible, better sign up for a RAMP (Roof Asset Management Program), where experts semi-annually inspect your property’s roofing systems. If you have any questions or wish to learn more, our team of roofing experts are just a call away.