Heading into storm weather season, your home need not be more vulnerable than at other times. But, you need to make sure that your roof is shored up for when the winter winds blow. This means making sure everything is as ready as possible for winter damage, in case it comes. Why can your roof be more vulnerable after a storm?
Wind damage means that your roof, regardless of material, can go just a little cockeyed after a big storm. Without the realization that you could have damage beginning, you could end up with water damage the next time it storms. Where you live will heavily influence the kinds of storms you have and the damage it can do to your roof. Look for loose or missing shingles, damage to tin or edging, or missing tiles. Replacements need to happen quickly, before your barrier against winter becomes a welcome mat!
While you’ve worked hard to keep water from getting inside of your house, you also don’t want it to be on top of your house, either. Water from rain and snow can be very heavy and do damage to the outside of your home if not dealt with. Standing water on your roof or elsewhere on your property can attract insects like mosquitoes. This can include areas like in your gutters, if your system gets clogged. Doing a walk around your house and determining that no major damage has been done is helpful after all storm systems have passed.
You want there to not be any damage from falling debris as well, whether that means hail damage or damage from branches. Shingles can be damaged or punctured by hail. Tiles can be broken. Some of this damage can be more of an issue because it’s difficult to see from the ground. If you suspect that there might be a torn or punctured shingle, whether it’s under debris or you’ve had a large hail storm, it can be a good idea to schedule a walkthrough in case you’ve not been able to see the damage which has happened. Sometimes you need somebody to walk on the roof and check.
You want to keep your house both safe and sound during the winter. Sweep off drifts from rooftops if necessary. Check shingles and damage which occurs after large storms. Check around your gutters as well, to make sure your systems are working. When in doubt, get a specialist to go safely up onto your roof to check!
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