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Three Crucial Ways to Prevent Roof Damage During Storm Season

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We have officially entered the stormy season and protecting your roof during this time is critical to maintaining its lifespan. Unfortunately, many homeowners tend to neglect regular roof maintenance as they are unaware of how essential it can be to prevent the roof from falling apart during heavy storms. During storms, you will notice that most of the damage on the roof occurs when water accumulates on the rooftop itself. This can be due to a number of reasons, such as water leaking from the gutters or septic system. You might notice rainwater soaking into poorly maintained tiles, as well. Periods of mild freezing along with fluctuating temperatures can also cause ice damming at the base of your roof, stopping drainage. If this isn’t taken care of in a timely manner, the trapped moisture may leak into the home and create significant damage.

 

There are a variety of ways you can protect your roof from rain damage, and while some are simple, others may require professional assistance. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can protect your home’s roof during heavy storms. 

Place Protective Plywood or Other Material On Your Roof

One of the cheapest ways to protect your roof from damage is with asphalt shingles. However, they are also very susceptible to cracks, which can lead to leaks, especially during a heavy storm. If you want to give your roof an added layer of protection, use plywood as a protective sheet and make sure it is waterproof. While an added plywood layer is more expensive than asphalt shingles alone, it is also the most effective way to protect your roof and home, and preventive protection is less expensive than having to fully replace your roof. 

Cut Down The Trees Around Your Home

While there are many advantages to having trees outside your house, it also means there are added layers of care you must have when prepping for a storm with strong winds and water. Trees can pose a risk to your roof depending on how big they have grown, so it may be vital to trim them or even cut them down entirely as a safety precaution. Tree branches and other debris have the potential to fly off during strong winds and can hit different areas of your home, including the roof. 

Remove Outside Material

If a major storm is in the forecast, make sure to remove any materials or debris that have accumulated outside of your home, as they can become hazardous projectiles in heavy wind. Keep in mind that some of the material can be very heavy and may take more time and energy to clear out.

 

These are some simple things you can do to prepare your home and roof for any upcoming major storms. If you have any additional questions or need professional assistance with any kind of roof maintenance, call Greene Roofing at (718) 941-1111 so we can help!

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