Extend the Life of Your FishHawk Roof
Most homes in the FishHawk area have an asphalt shingle roof. In general, these roofs last between 15 to 30 years. The performance of the roof is affected by a number of factors including temperature, wind erosion, trees, damage, and upkeep.
What is an Asphalt Shingle Roof?
Asphalt shingle roofs are made with a stick petroleum substance used to protect roofs from water. It primarily has two types – fiberglass or organic.
- Organic asphalt shingle has a combination of ingredients including paper and wood fibers. The concentration of petroleum is higher with these shingles.
- Fiberglass shingles have a base layer of glass fiber that helps waterproof and fireproof them. Warmer climates like Florida tend to use these types of shingles more than organic shingles.
Tips to Extend the Life of Your Roof
- Always keep debris clear – Leaves, branches, or other objects keep moisture on the roofing material. We want the roof to shed water, not hold it. You should constantly trim back trees from around your home and roof. This will help keep your roof debris-free and leaves away from gutters.
- Clean your gutters – Clean gutters will allow the water to drain away from the roof and home. Do this as much as you need to ensure the water is properly draining.
- Check for damage – As a homeowner, you can visually look for damaged shingles, wear, or metal hardware. I recommend only have a professional walk on your roof but as a homeowner, grab a pair of binoculars and try to visually inspect the roof. You can typically spot most damage from walking around the exterior of the home.
- Get a Roof Inspection – Some roofing companies will inspect your roof for free. If you use a roofing company for the inspection ensure they are reputable and not “selling” you on items you may not need. You can also hire a professional home inspection company to inspect the roof. They usually charge between $150 – $250 to do the inspection. It is a good idea to have a professional inspect the roof every few years. A professional will have much more insight into where leaks are likely to develop and what to do about them. Let me know if you need a roofing professional or home inspection company. I am happy to refer one to you.
- Inspect Your Ceilings & Attic – We live in Florida so our attics are hot and not really designed to be walked in! I do not recommend walking in your attic unless you are trained to do so. However, you could get into the attic with a flashlight and look around at the ceiling in the attic to check for moisture and staining.
This section is kind of an FYI for most homeowners as any repairs should be performed by a licensed roofing professional. However, you can keep this list in mind for hiring your roof professional.
Here are some maintenance tips for your FishHawk roof.
- Clearing debris (you might be able to do this!)
- Keep trees and tall bushes trimmed away from the roof area.
- Tarring over any exposed nails.
- Removing or flattening protruding nails, followed by sealing.
- Sealing lifting shingles down.
- Replacing missing shingles.
- Replacing or sealing flashing or other hardware.
The design of a roof can create many factors into the longevity of the roofing material. Due to design variations, it takes a skilled craftsman to inspect and maintain to ensure leaks do not develop in valleys, eaves, dead valleys, and penetration points.
Types of Shingles to Buy
Since some of the homes in FishHawk Ranch were built in the late 1990s some of the roofs have passed their expected useful life. If you are in this situation, it may be time for a new roof and call an expert. They are going to ask what type of shingles you want. Here are your choices.
- Strip Shingles – Strip Shingles are generally considered to be an economical choice. The lightweight and flat appearance make it the popular shingle. Their lifespan can be up to 25 years but may last as few as 10 years in Florida’s weather conditions. Purchasing these shingles for a “forever home” may not be the best option.
- Dimensional Shingles – Thicker and more durable than strip shingles, dimensional shingles are dual or multi-layered materials. The lifespan is about 30 years but can go longer in ideal weather conditions. Since we don’t really have ideal weather conditions for a roof. These generally last 20 to 25 years.
- Premium Shingles – As the name implies, these are more expensive shingles with extreme durability and the possibility for creative designs. Premium shingles are high-quality composites designed to last for 50 years or longer. More expensive homes or mansions might have premium shingles.
I hope this article has given you some useful tips on how to extend the life of your FishHawk roof. If you have any questions or referrals please let me know. I am happy to help.
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About the Author
The above real estate article “Extend the Life of Your FishHawk Roof” was written by Jeff Gould.
Jeff is a top-selling, nationally recognized REALTOR® and local FishHawk Ranch real estate expert. You will find him selling homes in Tampa Bay, Florida, and surrounding areas. Some of those areas include FishHawk, Lithia, Riverview, Valrico, Apollo Beach, Brandon, and Tampa.
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