High winds, heavy rain, and hail can all do significant damage to your roof. As your roof is such a vital component of your home, you need to do what you can to protect and preserve its strength and integrity, no matter what storms come your way. How can you help to maintain your roof so it doesn’t break down when you need it most? Read on to see how bad weather impacts your roof, and what steps you can take to fortify and protect it.
1. Damage from wind
Many homeowners are surprised when they discover that wind has done such significant damage to their homes. Tornadoes are not the only high-wind storms that can rip off shingles, loosen tiles, and tear gutters from the side of your home.
High winds also pose a threat to your property and landscape. Roof materials can come loose, causing other damage to your siding, landscape, and property. In cases of severe winds, you can lose entire sections of your roof if they aren’t securely fastened.
2. Damage from rain
Thunderstorms are a common occurrence across the country, as are heavy periods of rain. Over time, excess moisture can begin to break down shingles and tiles, making its way underneath the interior roof structure. Prolonged water damage can work its way through the roof deck, causing mold and mildew buildup and leaks inside your home. Even a small deficiency in a roof’s structure can lead to significant moisture damage which is why regular maintenance and repair are necessary to keep this damage from occurring.
3. Damage from debris
High winds and heavy rain come with additional risks for creating storm debris. Falling trees, heavy branches, and even structure remains from other buildings can make their way across your roof, causing tearing and ripping of your tiles and shingles. Taking the time to make sure your roof is in good condition prior to a severe storm will give you additional peace of mind that you’re doing what is necessary to protect your most valuable asset.
Preventing storm damage to your roof
While you can’t predict when inclement weather will strike your area, there are some steps you can take to ensure your roof is fortified and ready to withstand what comes at it during severe weather. Take these steps to make sure your roof is storm-ready:
1. Do routine inspections and maintenance- Your roof is like any other aspect of your home, it needs care and attention in order to protect you and your family from the elements. Take the time to schedule routine inspections and perform preventative maintenance if needed to strengthen its structure.
2. Repair deficiencies promptly- Small repairs will quickly turn into large nightmares if they aren’t tended to before the next storm strikes. You’ll save more time and money doing little repairs rather than having to undergo an entire roof replacement. Make the investment now, and it will pay off in the future.
3. Inspect promptly after heavy storm damage occurs- One of the best ways to protect your roof is to assess and repair it right after storms occur. Hire a trusted contractor to give you a thorough assessment of your roof’s condition and what may be needed to repair or replace it for the best results.
Champion Restoration and Construction: Your trusted roofing experts
Decades of quality service and a passion for serving our customers like our own family is what makes Champion Restoration and Construction your best choice for all roofing and construction needs. No matter what your need, our knowledgeable experts attend to your roof with the utmost professionalism and integrity. If you suspect that your roof may have incurred storm damage, give us a call today for a professional assessment and recommendations for your home.