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Storm Proofing Your Property: A Step-by-Step Prevention Guide

Nature can be very unpredictable… Therefore the damage a storm can do to your home is also unpredictable. Luckily, there are some preventative measures you can take to give your property the fighting chance it needs against even the strongest storm… and it all starts with your roof. Taking the right steps to storm proof your roof will help keep your property and family protected. From utilizing residential roofing services to simple DIY tasks, we created this guide to help you storm proof your property.

Roof Inspection
The first step to take before the storm clouds gather is a roof inspection. An inspection allows you to determine the exact needs of your roof whether it’s roof repair services or roof replacement services. Roof Time can help you answer when it’s time to get your roof inspected.

  • Check for Damage: Inspect your roof for signs of wear and tear. This includes missing or damaged shingles, deteriorating flashing, and bad sealing.
  • Assess Structural Integrity: Look for signs of structural damage, such as sagging in your roof or cracked/bowed rafters. Structural damage will compromise the stability of your roof during a storm.
  • Get it Professionally Inspected: You could perform self-checks but we recommend having your roof professionally inspected routinely. Professional roof inspectors will take a deeper look at your roof and find vulnerabilities that are difficult to spot.

Roof Repair
Once it has been determined that your roof is in need of repair, your roofing contractor will:  

  • Replace Damaged Materials: Repair or replace roof materials that are damaged, such as shingles, flashing, and other components to prevent water infiltration and leaks.
  • Fix Loose, Damaged, or Missing Shingles: Shingles that are missing granules, curved, loose, or completely gone, should be addressed to maintain your roof’s protective barrier.
  • Seal Leaks and Gaps: Seal all gaps or cracks around vents, chimneys, and skylights to prevent water from entering your home during heavy rainfall.

Roof Replacement
Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to seek roof replacement services.

  • Shingle Replacement: Explore different shingle options when replacing your roof. There are many types of shingles on the market, such as impact-resistant asphalt, that offer enhanced resistance to wind, hail, and other storm related conditions.
  • Metal Roof Conversion: Metal roofs offer further protection against all elements, including high winds and hail.
  • Address Structural Issues: In addition to replacing the materials on your roof, any damages to the structure of your roof, roof decking, and/or underlayment should be addressed.

Roof Maintenance
The last step to take when it comes to storm proofing your home is to perform regular roof maintenance. Roof maintenance tasks include:

  • Schedule Routine Inspections: Whether it’s a self-check or professional roof inspection, you should routinely inspect your roof to catch any potential issues before they become major problems.
  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Keep gutters and downspouts clear of debris to prevent water backup. Water that gets backed up will slowly deteriorate your roof.
  • Trim Overhanging Branches: Trim trees that hang over your home or close to it. This prevents them from damaging your property during a storm.

As unpredictable as storms can be, you shouldn’t have to guess whether or not your roof can handle it. Storm proofing your home can be a difficult task, but knowing the right steps to take will make the process much easier. With this step-by-step guide, you can give your roof the fighting chance it needs against any storm.

Roof Time is here to storm proof your home and make sure it can protect your property and family. We have over 22 years of experience and pride ourselves on providing you with personal service, so your roof gets exactly what it needs. 

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