How to Prevent Roof Damage During a Storm

When a storm hits, there may not be much you can do to protect the integrity of your roof other than praying that the storm does not hit your area directly and that your roof withstands any impact. That is why Big Al’s Roofing recommends not leaving the integrity of your roof to chance and taking preventive steps to help it sail through a heavy storm with the least amount of damage possible. To do this, here are some steps you can take.

Regularly Inspect Your Roof

If you become familiar with the way your roof looks when it is dry and sturdy, you may have an easier time identifying when something does not look right. You may detect signs of damage caused by age or weather which can be reflected in shingles that are missing, tiles that have cracked, or areas that look darker than the surrounding space and which can signal the presence of algae or mold. Take care of those issues before the storm strikes to ensure that the roof is strong enough to withstand what comes its way.

Keep Your Gutters Clean

Clean gutters are an important part of your roofing system. When they become clogged and are allowed to remain so, water can start pooling on the roof, causing structural damage and leaks. Clean them at least twice a year and more often if you live in an area where too many large trees can dump great amounts of leaves on your roof. Call your roofer to have the gutters cleaned and to let you know if any other parts of your roof need attention.

Trim Trees

There is nothing that can cause more insidious damage to a roof than a tree branch that is allowed to scrape against roofing shingles on a regular basis. By doing so, they are able to scrape off the granules that cover your shingles, cracking and damaging them. Also, when a storm hits, a tree that has not been trimmed and sits too close to the home can result in a branch piercing the roof of the whole tree collapsing against the house with the force of the wind. If you are just now planting trees, make sure to leave enough distance between them and the home. If the trees are already there, you can either remove them or keep them trimmed to ensure the safety of your roof during a storm.

Consider Impact-Resistant Roofing Materials

If you are getting a new roof and live in an area where storms are common, consider purchasing impact-resistant roofing materials. These are specifically designed to resist high winds, heavy rains, and other severe weather events. You can find impact-resistant shingles, tiles, or metal roofs that can give you the peace of mind that your home and those who live within it will be protected whenever a storm should happen to hit. A good roofing contractor should be able to guide you when it comes to selecting the appropriate roofing materials to withstand a storm.


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