Protecting Your Roof Before and After a Storm

Dave Lodde April 04, 2019

1.Trim Away Trees

A common problem during major weather events is falling debris from nearby objects, particularly trees. A small branch or twig may not present a problem, but larger limbs can cause serious damage.
As part of your regular maintenance routine, keep tree limbs cut back at least six feet from your roof and home.
Has your roof been damaged by a strong storm? Read our blog to find out what to do next.

2.Look for Leaks

Storms are really good at turning little leaks into big ones.
To find out if you have a potential problem on your hands, go up to your attic and be on the lookout for signs like stains or water spots. If nothing jumps out at you, but you think there may still be an issue, ask a friend of family member to head outside and use a garden hose to mimic rain.

3.Check on the Health of Your Roof

In addition to existing leaks, severe storms can also cause further damage to shingles or waterproofing that are already compromised.
During an outside inspection, look for:
  • Shingles that are missing or evidently damaged.
  • Faulty sealant or underlayment.
  • Loose or lost nails.
  • Obvious rust on flashings and other components.
  • Boots around pipes and vents that have worn or cracked.
Always keep safety top of mind when it comes to roof inspections. Never conduct them during harsh weather, and, if you need to go on your roof for any reason, always exercise extreme caution doing so. Roofs can be dangerous places to be without the proper training and safety precautions, and fresh rain or wet leaves can make them especially slippery.
Not sure what goes into a roof inspection? Check out our infographics for the spring and the fall!

The Right Installation Makes a Difference

It’s no doubt important to maintain and inspect your roof regularly, but ultimately a storm-proof roof comes down to quality installation from the start.
When choosing a roofer, consider:
  • Durable Materials: How long can you expect them to last? What wind speeds are they rated for?
  • Quality Workmanship: How many nails per shingle will they use? Will they be driven correctly? Will they install new flashings or reuse old ones? Do they use steel in valleys? Have you discussed attic insulation?
  • Company Legacy: How long has the roofer been in business? Do they maintain a physical address? What reviews have previous customers left about their work?

Making sure your new roof is installed by professionals dedicated to the highest levels of quality workmanship and service will give you peace of mind knowing your roof is prepared to stand up against whatever Mother Nature throws at it.

Herb Lodde & Sons Roofing has provided quality roof replacements for customers throughout Southern Ontario, from Oakville to the Niagara region, since 1964. View our Baeumler Approved profile to learn more about us!

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