protect your roof

How to Protect Your Roof From Extreme Weather Conditions

Protecting your roof from damage is an important part of home ownership, and it’s vital to protect your roof as Mother Nature is always coming up with new ways to make that job challenging! Whether you’re dealing with extreme weather, invasive pests, or dangerously close trees, there are a lot of factors that can threaten the integrity of your roof.

Fortunately, there are also a lot of things you can do to keep your roof safe in extreme weather, keeping damage to a minimum, or even preventing it entirely.

Why Should You Protect Your Roof From Extreme Weather?

Keeping your roof in good condition isn’t just important for the value and appearance of your home. It’s also important to make sure you don’t have leaks causing water damage or inviting mold into your home.

Preventing damage to your roof can also help you avoid costly repairs and can help the roofing materials last longer so you can go longer without replacing your roof.

Ways To Protect Your Roof Ahead Of Storms

No matter what kind of extreme weather you’re preparing for, these tricks will help you keep your roof in good condition.

  • Make Sure Your Gutters Are Clean: One of the most important steps is to make sure your roof has good drainage during and after the storm. Clearing out your gutters and making sure there aren’t any clogs in the drain pipes as well. 
  • Trim Back Large Trees And Bushes: Another important step is to reduce your risk of tree damage by trimming back any overhanging branches, as well as any branches that are close to the roof or gutters. 
  • Get A Roof Inspection: If you have a warning before a storm, or are headed into storm season, it’s a good idea to get a quick roof inspection so you can make any necessary repairs before a storm hits.
  • Replace Damaged Shingles Or Tiles: If you have pre-existing damage to your roofing materials, you should make sure that damage is repaired before it can cause more serious problems in a storm. Every leak is a chance for more damage to happen. 
  • Secure Decorations And Potential Storm Debris: If you have any decorations up on your roof ahead of a storm, it’s a good idea to bring them down before the storm hits. You should also secure or bring in any outdoor furniture or gardening supplies that could be thrown around in a storm.

Signs Your Roof Needs An Inspection After Weather Damage

Monitoring your roof for signs of damage is one of the best ways to keep your roof in good condition. Here are a couple of common signs that you should get an inspection/roof repair.

  • Your Roof Changed Color During The Storm: Shingles are covered in a layer of colored granules that provide important protection. Your roof can change colors as you lose granules, so an abrupt change is a common sign of damage. 
  • Your Roof Has New Dents and Dimples: Your roof should always look like a smooth even shape. If you notice any waviness, dimples, or dents on the surface of your roof it’s time to get a repair. 
  • Shingles Are Cracked Or Curling: Depending on the materials used in your roof, storm damage can cause cracking and curling in the materials. If you notice either of these, getting an inspection and repair is important.

There are plenty of other signs as well. As a general rule, if you think your roof needs an inspection or repair, it’s a good idea to get an inspection.

Does Your Roof Need Weather Damage Repaired?

Some kinds of damage can be mitigated, but not prevented. Some things call for a repair or replacement, and there’s nothing you can do that will stop that. The good news is that a qualified roof repair and installation professional can help get your roof back to working the way it should. Even if you’ve worked to protect your roof, sometimes you’ll need a repair. Contact Rapid Roofing to schedule a free inspection or make a repair appointment.