While the rest of the country is dealing with snow, Hawaii is due for rain. The regular downpours can take their toll on your roofing system if it hasn’t been properly prepared. However, you can easily avoid any damage by following some simple maintenance early in the season.
How to Protect Your Roof During the Rainy Season
1. Inspect for Damage
Before or at the start of the season, inspect your roof for signs of shingle and flashing damage. When these materials are cracked, warped, or missing, rainwater can seep down into the home’s foundation.
If you have a flat roof, check for tear and rips along the membrane seams. Also, immediately after a shower, go up and check for any puddles. If water is allowed to sit on the surface, it can deteriorate the materials.
2. Clean the Surface
When dirt and debris are allowed to accumulate on your roof, they can damage shingles or puncture the roofing membrane.
Leaves and other blockages in your gutters will also prevent rainwater from being safely directed away from your house. Instead, it will pool over the sides or back up under the roof.
Both situations can damage your foundation and lead to leaks and mold growth inside the home.
3. Trim Back Trees
Heavy rainfall can weigh down tree branches. If any are currently hanging over or near your roof, have them cut back.
This will prevent weak and dead branches from snapping and landing on your roof. It also reduces debris, so you won’t have to worry about cleaning the roof and gutters until spring arrives.
If you notice damage on your roof, contact the professionals at Surface Shield Roofing Company about repairing or replacing it. They provide maintenance, restoration, and replacement services in Honolulu, HI. Their certified installers handle a variety of roofing materials and products, including Carlisle® TPO, Gaco Western®, and PABCO® asphalt shingles. Call them today at (808) 739-9599 to discuss roofing solutions, and visit their website to learn more about their services.