How To Prepare Your Roof For Storm Season

Spring and summer storms can bring a great deal of rain and wind, which can take a toll on your roof and increase the risk of damage occurring and leaks developing. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that your roof stays in good condition and that water has a clear path of drainage into your yard.

Trim Trees

One of the first things that you should do before the rainy season hits is to inspect any trees that are near to the side of your home, and to cut back branches that may overhang your roof. You will want to trim the branches to reduce the amount of organic debris that ends up falling on your roof and into your gutters, but you may want to remove the tree entirely or at the very least trim the tree back significantly if the tree poses a threat to the structure of your property.

Gutter Cleaning

Another thing that you should do to ensure that your roof is adequately prepared to drain heavy deluges of rain is take the time to clean out any collected debris from the interior of your gutters. Leaves and twigs can stop the flow of water and force it to overflow from the sides, where it can seep behind your siding and into your home or into the ground too close to the foundation where it can then cause basement flooding.

 Inspect Shingles

Finally, the last thing that you should do to make sure that your roof is able to withstand the intense weather conditions associated with warm weather storms is to inspect the condition of your roofing shingles. Age and wear can cause your asphalt shingles to curl upwards or otherwise become damaged, opening up the potential for the shingles to be torn off in strong winds or for water to seep underneath them where it can cause a great deal of damage. While you can do such an inspection yourself, and can even install new roofing nails or new shingles if you are particularly handy, a holistic inspection and the best quality repairs will come from a roofing professional. Roofing contractors have access to experience and tools that you likely don't, and will be able to inspect other areas of your roof, like the flashing, vents, and chimney, to determine if there are potential weak spots that need to be repaired.

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