The last thing homeowners look forward to in summer are the storms that come along with the season. Their arrival can spell doom for your roof. Instead of fearing them, you can take preventive measures to ensure they do not damage your roof. Preventing roof damage is easy if you follow these steps from the Southern New Jersey roofing experts at High Point Roofing:
1. Get a Roof Inspection
You need to get an annual roof inspection by calling roofing contractors to inspect your roof. If they come across any damage, they can fix it right away. If you delay getting the issue fixed and the storm comes, it will cause bigger damage, as your roof was already vulnerable due to the existing damage.
2. Check for Roof Leaks
Even if there is a small leak, do not take it lightly, but get it fixed immediately. Any future storms can cause more severe damage including major roof and water damage to your home. It can also affect the structural integrity of your home and cause damage to the walls, electrical wiring, insulation, and the foundation of your home.
3. Reinforce and Replace Shingles
You need to reinforce and replace shingles on your roof. If a shingle comes loose, becomes dislodged, or it flies off during strong windy conditions, it can expose your roof to damage. If a shingle is missing, it creates gaps and holes. Wind can get under the surface and shift the shingles next to it. Not replacing missing or damaged shingles can easily lead to the need to replace the entire roof.
4. Trim Trees around Your House
If you have trees surrounding your home, a summer storm can weaken them, potentially making them fall and causing major damage as well as endangering the lives of you and your family. Cut back trees that are too close for comfort as well as trim tree branches, as they can scrape and remove the granules or protective coating on the shingles
5. Clean Your Gutters
Gutters and roof valleys create a path for water to drain off your roof and away from the foundation of your home. Blocked and clogged gutters can cause water to accumulate on your roof and penetrate the shingles, fascia, and soffit. The added weight can damage the gutters, resulting in them tearing away from your property. You should also clean your gutters, removing leaves, debris, and branches that can clog the downspouts.
Get the Roof Damaged Fixed After the Storm
After the storm passes, you need to assess the roof damage. Professional roofing contractors are key to preventing roof damage. Call High Point Roofing for a free estimate. You can get in touch with them at 856-347-4700. If you live in Southern New Jersey, you can schedule an appointment for roof, siding, and gutters inspection and repair ad they also offer window installation service.