5 Important Roofing Maintenance Tips
Protecting Your Home From Summer Storms
As summer approaches, preparing your roof for summer storms may prove beneficial in the long run. A few simple preemptive measures may not only save you time and money, but also provide safety for your home, you, and your family. Before the summer storms arrive, here are some things put on your to-do list.
1. Inspect the Roof
Water is very good at finding its way into cracks and crevices that are difficult to see, especially from the ground. A warning sign that your roof may be in need of some TLC may be found around your yard. Take a walk around your home and look for any loose singles that may have been dislodged during high winds. Shingles are your roof’s armor against the elements, and if you happen to find shingles in the lawn, that is a good indication that your home’s armor has been breached.
2. Trim Foliage
That 100-year old oak in your front yard may give your home some old-world character, but during a storm, it may wreak havoc on your roof. Closely inspect nearby trees for dead, overhanging limbs that may break during a storm.
3. Clean Gutters
Gutters are not just for decoration; they serve a critical role during a storm by diverting water away from the places it is not supposed to go. Pull the ladder out of the garage and get up there. Making sure your gutters are free from leaves, branches, and debris will assure that rainwater does not back up and lead to leaks. Also, freeing gutters from excessive weight will protect them from collapsing during a storm, causing more roof damage.
4. Schedule a Professional Inspection
Safety should be your number one priority; therefore, a professional may be necessary to further diagnose roof problems. Professional roofers know what to look for and will be happy to get on the roof for a thorough inspection. If warning signs are evident, it’s best to stop the problems before they get worse.
5. Make Repairs
Roof problems will not get better on their own. By being proactive and making small repairs now, you may save yourself money in costly major repairs later. Remember: ignoring a problem, especially when it comes to your home, is never a solution.
6. Clean Up
When the clouds clear, take another inspection of your home. Again, look for warning signs of a damaged roof: shingles on the ground, broken limbs, and damaged gutters. If any of these signs are clear, then make the call.
7. Make the Call
If you encounter any signs of a damaged roof, then a professional may be needed. In addition, contact your insurance agent if a claim is necessary, and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures.
Summer storms are a beautiful part of nature, but unfortunately, they are also a destructive force. Adequately preparing your home before summer storms arrive may help avoid unnecessary damage. While an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure, the inevitable may still happen. If your roof does suffer at the hands of a summer storm, a professional roofer is just a phone call away.
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