Thunderstorms can happen all year round, but they’re especially common in the summer. Naturally, you’ll want to reduce the likelihood that you’ll need roof repair due to storm damage. Here are some steps to take to ensure that your roof remains protected throughout the season.
How to Safeguard Your Roof From Storm Damage
1. Trim Branches
If there are trees near your home, trim the branches so that they don’t hang over the roof, especially if they’re dead or decaying. That way, they won’t fall on it if they’re hit hard enough by wind or lightning. Trimming also prevents stray leaves from piling on the roof.
2. Update the Shingles
From a safe vantage point on the ground, examine the roof to see whether you can find any broken or missing shingles that would fly off in high winds or allow rainwater from storms to leak inside. Have a professional come over for roof repair if you notice any. Depending on the extent of the shingle damage, you may need a roof replacement.
3. Clean the Top
To keep the roof strong and unburdened so that it can better support rainwater, use a roof brush to wipe away tree branches, leaves, or other debris. If you can’t reach something with the brush, contact a roofer to complete the job for you, as they’re trained to safely handle the height.
4. Check the Gutters
Your gutters must be in excellent shape so that they can smoothly redirect rainwater to the ground rather than letting it pool on top of the roof or slip between cracks and shingles. Clean out leaves, twigs, and other debris with a brush, and ensure that the gutters are securely attached to your siding. Consider having a roofer install gutter guards as well.
5. Get an Inspection
Schedule a roofing contractor to perform a formal inspection of your roof. If any problems require roof repair, the contractor will spot them quickly and provide solutions, guaranteeing that your structure will be ready to withstand every summer storm.
If you need roof repair, contact Prizio Roofing & Siding Co. in New Canaan, CT. Their excellence in installing, repairing, and maintaining roofs and siding has earned them an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau® and an Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2017. For a free estimate, call (203) 322-9009, or learn more about their services on their website.