Your roof can only do so much in terms of protecting your home from the elements. Sure, it is designed to withstand the local weather, but it may not hold up when a severe storm hits your area. Even with regular maintenance, you still need to prepare your roof and the rest of your home against the threat of storm damage.
How Storms Affect Your Roof
When your roof weathers a severe storm, it can sustain damage as water accumulates on the surface. This can happen due to leaks from the gutter system or when rainwater starts seeping through tiles or shingles that weren’t installed properly. The constant freezing and thawing of water due to fluctuating winter temperatures can lead to ice dams at the roof’s base and impede water flow. This can lead to moisture buildup within the roof’s structure, ending up with mold and rot damage on the wooden components.
It also helps to prepare your roof to prevent significant damage during a major storm. Here’s a look at some of the tasks to do before a severe storm arrives in your area.
- Clear Out Nearby Debris
If a storm is forecasted to hit your area, it’s a good idea to sweep your home property and clear out any debris that may get picked up by the winds. You can also dispose of them properly if they’re mostly debris, but some of your outdoor equipment shouldn’t be left sitting around the storm at high wind speeds. Consider putting them in the shed or your garage for better safety.
- Cut Nearby Trees and Branches
Any branches hanging near or above your roof can lead to significant damage when they fall off during a storm. Any nearby tree or branch that’s within falling distance on your roof must be cut down or trimmed. This is to prevent unwanted damage when preparing for bad weather.
- Clean Your Gutter System
Gutters are meant to channel water runoff safely toward the downspouts and drains. They can cause roof damage if they’re pooling in some sections because of clogs. It may be a tedious chore, but it’s still necessary to prepare your roof right before the storm hits.
Fields Roof Service, Inc. is a top choice for your residential roofing needs in Western Washington. In case you need to have your leaky roof dealt with following a storm, one of our certified roofing technicians will be right at your doorstep to mitigate, diagnose, and fix the issue. Learn more about our emergency leak repair services by calling (253) 852-4974 or filling out our online request form.