Sooner or later, all roofing needs to be replaced. If shingles are old and worn, patching or limited repairs won’t help when a hurricane strikes. If you know how long it has been since your shingles were replaced, that is a good starting point. While many of the better products come with limited warranties for 25, 30 years or more, the hot sunny Florida climate conspires to shorten that life span. Ultraviolet rays break down the asphalt used to bind the stone granules to the top surface and heat bakes the shingles causing the components to break down and the shingles to become brittle and lose strength. The standard 3-tab shingles used in the past were typically rated for only 15 years. In addition, most if not all the older warranties were voided for hurricanes.
When it comes to installing a new shingle roof, there are several signs that suggest that future performance can be better than experience. First, there are new products available on the market with significantly higher wind ratings than in the past. Second, it has been clearly demonstrated that lighter colored shingles do not get as hot as darker shingles, so they should hold their strength longer.
If you want to try to evaluate your shingles, you will need to climb up to the roof. If you are not able to make the inspection yourself, get a reputable licensed roofer or home inspector to evaluate your roof.
You are in safe hands with us, whether it be for your business or your home, and you’re not sure what to do… Give us a call Don Schmidt Roofing would love to earn your trust and help you with your central Florida home/commercial roof repair or installation. Call us at 407.892.9884 today or contact us online at www.DonSchmidtRoofing.com. We are a local family owned business serving central Florida since 1988 and an Osceola county resident since 1959. Put your roofing project into the hands of a contractor you can trust.