Some roofs suffer more damage than others, even if they are in the same neighborhood. Although many factors determine the degree of damage your roof may sustain during a storm, you also have a role to play if you want a storm-proof roof. Below are a few measures you should take before the storm season hits to reduce the risk of roof damage.
Inspect the roof
You can't know whether your roof is ready for the storm or not if you don't inspect it. Therefore, get a roofing contractor to inspect the roof and identify defects that might encourage roof storm damage. Don't wait until the last minute for this inspection, because contractors typically get flooded with work during the storm season.
Here are some of the specific things the contractor will look out for:
- Missing shingles
- Curling shingles
- Cracked shingles
- Damaged roof flashing
- Holes on the roof
In short, the contractor will look for anything that weakens the roof and increases the risk of wind damage.
Attach the Shingles Firmly on the Roof
If your roof is old, then some of the shingles probably don't have all their nails. A strong wind could blow such shingles off your roof first due to their weakness. With a few shingles off the roof, the wind can find a way under the rest of the shingles and create more havoc.
During a storm, the trick to preserve your roof is to not allow even one shingle to fall off the roof. Once the roof losses a few shingles, a cascade effect ensues, and the rest of the shingles become easier to remove. Take an extra precaution to prevent such a chain reaction; apply roofing cement to the edges of the first row of shingles.
Prepare the Drainage System
You need your gutters clean and free from obstructions before the storm hits. Not only should the gutters be clean, but the entire drainage system as well. A serious storm will likely clog your roof and gutters with windblown debris, so your drainage system might not function efficiently if it isn’t clean to begin with.
You also need your drainage system clean so that it can handle the expected water from rainfall or melting snow. Don't forget to straighten gutters that hang and plug any holes that may interfere with proper drainage.
Trim Trees Around the House
A serious storm can damage your home indirectly when it uproots trees or breaks off tree branches around the house and they fall on the house. Not only that, but debris from the trees around the house may also clog the drainage system and start a chain of events that end in water damage.
The best way to prevent tree damage is to trim the trees around your house and get rid of weak trees. Dead trees, diseased trees, and trees that lean should be among the ones to remove since they may fall first in a storm.
Clean Up Your Home
Lastly, don't forget that indirect roof damage may also come from other objects in your property. The wind can hurl pieces of lawn furniture, large toys carelessly left outside, or leftover materials from a past renovation project against the roof. Such materials can damage shingles or block snow/water on the roof, so clean your property outside and fasten outdoor furniture before a storm.
Hopefully, you will prepare well for the storm and your roof won't suffer any damage. If your roof does suffer storm damage, contact Cal Roofing Systems Inc. as soon as possible to fix the roof before the damage spreads. We can also help you prepare your roof for all kinds of natural disasters, such as wildfire, earthquakes, and many others.