How to Protect Your Roof From Storm Damage

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Have you searched for effective ways to help protect your roof from storm damage? While no property owner can ever completely guarantee the safety of this valuable home asset during severe weather, you can take some useful precautions to significantly reduce your roof’s chances of sustaining damage. Consider implementing some of these suggestions soon:

Study Your Roof Closely

As a preliminary matter, it makes sense to spend a few moments carefully examining your roof. You might even find it helpful to take out a notebook and jot down a sketch of this structure while noting some important information. What type of roofing materials does it contain? Does the surface appear tightly secure, or do you notice any loose, bent, or warped roofing tiles? Do structures on top of the roof appear firmly secured? Have you installed breakable solar panels on the roof? In some situations, loose flashing or damaged objects might pose a risk of tearing loose and causing roof damage during strong winds, for example. Pay close attention to the position and condition of chimneys and skylights during your evaluation, too.

In addition to examining the condition of the roof itself, you’ll want to also note the immediate environment. Do any tall tree branches overhang the roof? Have trees grown flush to the exterior of the residence? Additionally, what is the condition of the rooftop gutter and downspouts?

Determine The Most Likely Storm Risks in Your Area

Next, you’ll find it useful to prioritize the most likely storm threats to your roof. This step typically requires conducting a bit of research. Your insurance agent and your roofing company can both offer helpful information about this subject. Since insurance agents frequently handle claims for homeowners insurance, they usually possess insight into the most common types of roof damage in the community.

In some locations, severe tropical storms (or even hurricanes) pose a frequent threat to roofs. Strong winds, hail, and pounding rain may all cause damage in these locales. Yet in other regions, winter blizzards represent a more significant concern than other types of storms. Damage in these places stems primarily from heavy winds and snow, ice, and melting runoff. 

Compile a Roof Improvement Plan

After you’ve evaluated your roof carefully and gathered information about storm threats in your region, you’ll have a good opportunity to prepare a roof improvement plan. Property owners sometimes complete this project with the assistance of a preferred local roofing company. They may discuss the condition of the roof, list the storm issues of most concern to them, and request advice about the best way to protect a roof from weather-related damage.

Creating a formal, written plan allows you to budget more effectively. Before you undertake any improvements (or hire a roofing company to perform these tasks), it makes sense to consider your available options and the relative costs of possible modifications. The renovations you undertake might vary based upon the age, type, and condition of your roof, your available resources, and the risks posed by storms in your community. 

Implementing a Plan of Action

For example, in some locations where high winds pose a significant roofing hazard, a roofer might suggest replacing an asphalt shingle roof with heavier, more wind resistant materials, such as a metal roof or a ceramic tile roof. Today, some manufacturers specifically design roofs to resist wind within specified parameters. Choosing one of these specialty roofs might enhance property value in locations subjected to frequent severe tropical weather systems. Similarly, in certain locations where heavy winter snow storms pose a significant problem, roofers sometimes make specific recommendations for strengthening roofs against heavy snow loads. Consulting with a structural engineer proves helpful in some cases.

Regardless of your location, your roofer may suggest corrective action to remove tree limbs overhanging the roof. Lightning (or high winds) sometimes causes large branches to break during storms. The wood might become a projectile, potentially penetrating the roof and causing significant property damage.

Greater Peace of Mind

Making improvements to help safeguard roofs during storms offers benefits. These modifications increase safety. They also bring greater peace of mind!