How to Make Your Roof Stronger Before a Storm
Protecting your home or business from the elements starts at the top. A sturdy, well-maintained roof can mean the difference between minor repairs and significant damage after a storm. You can take several measures to strengthen your roof before a storm hits. Here are nine essential steps to fortify your roof:
Regular inspections are designed to catch problems in their early stages before they escalate into significant issues. Armed with the right expertise and tools, a professional roofing contractor can inspect your roof for signs of wear and tear, damage from the elements, or potential weak points. Besides, regular inspections ensure your roof is in optimal condition and allow you to plan for possible upgrades or replacements.
Strengthen Roof Connections
A strong roof starts with solid connections between its various elements, including the decking, flashing, underlayment, and shingles. Our expert team can check for weak spots and reinforce the connections to fortify your roof against strong winds or heavy rain. And if you’re in a high-risk area for hail, we can inspect your roof for signs of hail damage and help you choose the best impact-resistant shingles to protect against future storms.
Excess moisture can be a significant problem on your roof during a storm. Clogged gutters and drainage systems, or poorly designed ones that don’t allow water to run off the roof quickly enough, can cause extensive damage over time. Have our team inspect your roof drainage system and make any necessary repairs or upgrades before a storm arrives. It may also be required to install extra downspouts if your roof is large or has a complex layout.
Make Repairs as Needed
Prevailing winds and heavy rain can quickly turn minor flaws into significant problems during a storm. Loose shingles, cracked flashing, or other weak spots can be a vulnerable point on your roof. Our experienced team can locate and fix any problem areas, so you don’t have to worry about water damage or having to make costly repairs after a storm.
Prepare Your Attic
Your attic plays an essential role in keeping your roof safe during a storm. Make sure that it’s well-insulated and has adequate ventilation to reduce the risk of water damage and heat buildup from moisture-laden air trapped in the attic. Our team can inspect your attic for potential issues and recommend solutions.
Consider Upgrading to Impact-Resistant Shingles
Shingles are the first line of defense against strong winds or hail, so choosing a durable material that can withstand the elements is essential. These shingles offer superior protection at a fraction of the cost and provide peace of mind knowing that your roof is better suited to face a storm. We carry several types of impact-resistant shingles, and our team can help you choose the best option for your home or business.
Sealant is designed to protect against wind or water damage and help prevent mold and mildew growth on your roof. Before a storm arrives, our team can inspect your existing sealant for signs of wear and tear and apply a sealant to strengthen weak spots on your roof.
Install Gutter Protection
Leaves and other debris can clog up your gutters during a storm, leading to costly water damage or flooding in the basement. Installing gutter protection helps keep debris out of the gutters and allows water to flow away from your roof quickly and efficiently. Our team can recommend the best type of gutter protection and install it properly to ensure your gutters are ready for a storm.
Re-evaluate Your Current Roofing System
If your roof is more than ten years old, consider replacing it entirely before the next storm hits. A new roof installation provides enhanced protection against strong winds, heavy rains, and other weather conditions. Our team can evaluate the condition of your roof and help you determine if it’s time for a replacement.
Taking the necessary steps to safeguard your roof from storm damage is a worthy investment. It not only enhances the durability of your roof but also uplifts the overall safety of your home. Our team is ready to assist with a range of services, whether conducting regular roof inspections, repair, or replacement. Remember, prevention is better than cure, so don’t wait for a storm to reveal the weak points in your roofing system. Get ahead of the game and contact us today for a comprehensive roof checkup and fortification.