3 Roofing Care Tips To Protect Your Home From Summer Storms

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Roofing Care

With summer finally here, most of us are enjoying some long overdue time in the sun, but along with the sun and the warmer weather, the summer months can bring their share of turbulent storms from time to time as well. While some of the storms might not pose a threat to your home, every now and then we get a storm that rolls through the area that is capable of dishing out some serious damage, and when that happens, you want to be sure that your home is prepared to shrug off the worst of it and not suffer any kind of serious damage in the process. Your home’s protection from the elements begins with your roof. Your roof forms the first line of defense your home has against any kind of inclement weather, and if your roof has sustained damage of any kind, or has fallen into disrepair in any way, it could spell disaster for your home overall. Taking the time now, before any of these storms hit, to make sure that your home’s roofing is in the kind of shape it needs to be in order to provide the protection your home needs is extremely important, but something far too many homeowners let slip beneath their notice. In an effort to help you keep your home well protected against any storms that might come through the area this summer, our team of professionals have taken the time to put together this short list detailing a couple of our most helpful roofing care tips that will ensure your home is ready to ride out the storm.

Get An Inspection

As you have likely noticed if you’ve owned your home for any length of time, water can be very good at finding its way into your home and collecting in places that it isn’t supposed to be. No matter how small or unnoticeable the cracks or gaps might be, if they exist at all, you can be guaranteed that water will find its way into them when the rain starts coming down. Cracks or gaps in your roofing can be particularly difficult to detect, especially if you are trying to look from the ground, or you aren’t sure what you are supposed to be looking for. One of the best things you can do for your roof before the weather starts to get bad is to have a professional come out and give your roof a thorough inspection to ensure everything is in good working order, and there are no small issues that could develop into something more serious given enough time or the right conditions.

Clean Your Gutters & Roof Valleys

Whether you realize it or not, your gutters and roof valleys play an extremely important role in the safety of your home. Anytime it rains, your roof valleys and gutters work together to help channel that water down off of your roof and away from the foundation of your home where it can do damage. Before any storms start to roll in, it is a good idea to break out the ladder, get up on your roof, and make sure that your roof valleys and gutters are clear of any kind of debris that could keep them from performing their job like they should be. Debris of any kind can cause water to pool on your roof, letting it seep in under your shingles and into your attic, or too much of it can even cause damage to your roof’s structure. Likewise, your gutters can become clogged over time with foliage and debris which might prevent them from channeling water down and off of your roof, and the additional weight could even cause them to tear away from your home, causing a great deal of damage in the process.

Trim Back Trees & Foliage

While you might enjoy the shade that old oak tree provides to your home, if one of the branches were to come down in the middle of a storm on top of your roof, you could have a serious catastrophe on your hands. One of the best things you can do before a storm comes through the area is to have a professional come out and clear back any overhanging branches or foliage that could be a safety hazard to your home if they came loose in a storm and could find their way onto your roof. You will also want to be on the lookout for any trees or foliage that are dead, as these are even more likely to come down when the wind starts to pick up.

If you are looking for a professional roofing contractor, give us a call today at 1-800-ROOF-PRO or fill out our online request form.

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