3 Actions You Can Take to Protect Your Roof from Storms
1. Trim Trees Away from Your Roof
One of the biggest problems for roofs during a severe weather event tends to be falling and airborne debris from nearby objects, especially trees. Although a twig or branch that blows across your shingles might not present any issues; a larger limb—even the entire trunk itself—can cause catastrophic damage to your roof and home.
As part of your home maintenance regimen, you should keep your trees cut back at least six feet from your home.
2. Inspect for Pre-Existing Leaks
If there’s one thing storms excel at, it’s making the most of an unfixed flaw like a leak.
The best way to check for leaks is to head up to your attic and look for telltale signs like water spots or stains. If you don’t see anything but suspect there’s still a problem, you might be able to ask a family member or friend to go outside and imitate rain on the roof using a garden hose.
Unsure what actions to take when inspecting your roof after a severe storm? Check out our blog to learn more.
3. Perform Regular Roof Checkups
Leaks aren’t the only weak spots a storm can aggravate. Loose shingles or inadequate waterproofing can also fall victim to Mother Nature’s whims.
When doing an exterior inspection of your roof, keep an eye out for:
- Missing or damaged shingles.
- Compromised underlayment or sealant.
- Loose, faulty, or absent nails.
- Visible rust on components like flashings.
- Worn or cracked boots around vents and pipes.
Is a fall roofing checkup on your to-do list? Check out our infographic to learn what you need to look for!
Why the Right Installation Matters
Although maintaining and inspecting your roof on a regular basis is no doubt important, a healthy and storm-resistant roof starts with the right installation. Even with the best materials, if nails are driven too tightly or sealant isn’t properly applied your roof could be left vulnerable.
As you’re assessing a roofer’s material and workmanship standards, make sure you consider:
- The quality of the materials installed. What are their fire ratings and expected lifespans? Will they be durable enough to stand up against Mother Nature?
- The quality of the workmanship. How many nails do they use per shingle, and do they drive them correctly? Will they use steel in the valleys? Do they install new flashings or reuse old ones? Have they talked to you about the importance of attic insulation?
- The legacy of the company. How long have they been in business? Do they have a physical address? What have past customers had to say about their work?