6 ways to protect your roof from storm damage  

If your roof has been damaged, it can’t protect you. There are steps you can take that will protect your roof from damage caused by storms. Here are eight tips that will protect your roof from storm damage, no matter what storm it is.

What are the most extreme weather conditions that can cause roof damage?

Your roof is your primary defense against severe weather and storms.

Extreme weather conditions can cause roof damage.

  • Hail
  • Heavy rain
  • Strong winds

HAIL

Every year, hail causes havoc on many buildings. Hail can cause severe damage to your roof, siding, and windows, regardless of how big or small it is. You may get cracks, dents or holes from hail. These can be protected with hail guards, wire mesh, or shields. To check for damage, you should inspect your roof after each storm.

HEAVY RAIN

Storm damage can be done to roofs that have pre-existing problems like missing or cracked shingles. Old roofing can also be damaged by lightning and heavy rain. Make sure that all missing or cracked shingles are replaced or repaired before the hurricane season hits. If your roof is very old or severely damaged, you should replace it.

Strong winds

Strong winds can cause roof damage. Even though gentle breezes are not dangerous, strong winds can cause damage to your roof. This is because panels and shingles can be blown away by powerful winds. Strong winds can cause roof damage from nearby trees. Trim the branches around your roof to prevent damage.

6 ways to protect your roof against storm damage

Protecting your roof in a hurricane or other severe weather event is a great way to maximize your investment. These are some useful tips to minimize the damage caused by strong winds, rain, or severe heat.

1. ROOF INSPECTION

It is vital to have your roof inspected regularly in order to identify potential damage. Many homeowners skip roof inspections or wait too long to have them checked again. Regular maintenance is necessary to protect your roof and family from the elements.

Make sure your roof is not damaged and that it doesn’t need to be repaired. Inspect the interior walls and ceilings for signs of damage or stains. You should also inspect the exterior walls for cracks, stains, or other problems.

2. REPAIR/REPLACE ROOF

Your roof should be repaired immediately if there are any leaks or cracks. This is especially important if you live in an area that is vulnerable to storms. A professional is the best person to fix any problems.

You should replace your entire roof before the damage becomes too severe or if it is older than 20 years.

3. CUT DOWN THE TREES OR LARGE BUSHES

Trees and other natural beauty can add beauty to your home but they can also cause damage to your roof in heavy winds and heavy rainstorms. Winds can cause tree branches and fruit to fall off of trees and roofs. To reduce the chance of your roof is damaged, you will need to trim certain branches.

4. CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS

To ensure that your gutters do not become clogged, they must be checked on a regular basis. If your gutters become blocked, it is important to clear the debris and repair the problem. Clear out your gutters to ensure they function properly.

5. REMOVE ANY OUTSIDE OBJECTS

While yard equipment, toys, and patio furniture may seem safe in calm weather, they can be dangerous during storms. Even heavy items can blow off your roof and house in high winds. Outdoor tools, toys, or entertaining items should be put away when not in use. If there’s a storm warning, you can stake down lawn ornaments and patio tables.

6. INSTALL A DURABLE ROOFING MATERIAL

Roofs should be able to withstand severe weather conditions. Asphalt shingles, a type of roofing material, are ideal for areas that experience hail storms, heavy rains, and hurricanes. If your asphalt shingles are getting too old, it is a good idea to replace them. Asphalt shingles should be replaced every 15-30 years. Older shingles are not as strong against storms as the newer ones.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which offers roofing in St Petersburg Fl. Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF, and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978.  Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.