How to Protect Your Roof Against Thunderstorms
Typical summer weather is often fraught with flash flooding and humidity as much as it is nice sunny days. While a downpour can turn a summer day unpleasant and often drives people indoors, few people know that this rain, even when it clears up, is causing long term damage to their roofs. Furthermore, the last time you should want an emergency repair to your roof is during a storm when many roofing companies may be unable to fix your roof immediately. We at Greene Roofing have seen our fair share of summer storm repairs over the past 80 years of service and we’ve created this list of tips to help you protect your roof against thunderstorms.
As a rule of thumb, preventative maintenance is always preferable to more costly and time consuming emergency repairs. Give your roof a thorough inspection on a regular basis and especially keep an eye out for signs of water damage. As we wrote in our May article, there are many warning signs of water damage but some are harder to spot than others, such as worn down shingles or nearly imperceptible leaks. Furthermore, especially in the wake of a storm, it may be difficult to safely access your roof to assess the potential damage and from the ground, you may not be able to properly spot the more inconspicuous signs. This is where an expert can prove useful because with years of experience, a professional can easily help pinpoint weaknesses in your roof and recommend long lasting solutions.
Invest in your roof
Take it from us — a roof is the last thing you should cut corners on. Certain materials are more windproof than others, such types of shingles which can resist having granules worn down, or water resistant. Ask a trusted roofing expert what is the best solution for your specific weather situation so you can protect your roof against thunderstorms and other inclement weather. Also, instead of using cheaper materials or DIY repairs, hire a reputable contractor with quality service and supplies. This can easily extend the lifespan of your roof from the day repairs are done or an installation is completed.
Keep your landscaping in check
You may not think that your backyard has too much of a role in the health of your roof, but if you have a home with large trees, dead limbs or overhanging branches can pose a danger if they fall during a storm. Overhanging limbs can snap in high winds or heavy rains and this fall can cause disastrous repairs for your roof and risk hurting a resident. Similar with a roofing inspection, take time to inspect your own landscaping and take note of what foliage needs to be trimmed to keep the trees away from your property.
Furthermore, when your trees have branches that connect to your home, it allows an easy avenue for critters to crawl onto your roof and take up residence in your gutters. This can clog your gutters, create sagging weight which can damage your infrastructure. In severe cases, when the gutter hasn’t been properly maintained and cleaned, the gutters, especially during a thunderstorm, can tear away from the roof and collapse. Pruned trees can also keep your gutters clean of plant debris, which allows them to properly divert water away efficiently so rain can’t seep underneath your shingles. Inspections are an easy way to protect your property in the long run.
Storms are inevitable but your roof doesn’t have to pay the price for the harsh weather. Use these tips to protect your roof against thunderstorms and keep it maintained long before an emergency occurs. The experts at Greene Roofing care about keeping your roof safe and sturdy. We’ve been around for over 80 years, so if you need a hard working roofer, our reputation shows that we are the ones to trust. Contact us today for an inspection, repairs, or more!