How To Protect Your Roof Structure From Storm Damage

Posted on: 22 August 2016

Your roof structure typically endures constant and brutal bombardment from the elements. Making sure that the roof is intact is therefore very crucial to your safety and comfort. Unfortunately, strong winds, snowstorms and pounding rain can be a big threat to your roof, causing leaks, ripping off shingles or even causing a total collapse. Luckily, you can prevent costly storm damage through regular maintenance and strategically toughening up the structure. Read on for simple steps you can take to protect your roof from storm damage. 

Be prepared and proactive

Be sure to trim overhanging branches near your roof, as they can fall off during a storm and crack your shingles. Dead branches should also be cut down immediately. You should also clean your gutters, as debris could cause them to overflow during a storm, causing damage to your foundation.

Next, call in a roofer to clear debris on the roof that would impede the flow of rainwater and cause possible leaking. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, consider installing a lightning rod on the roof to protect your home from lightning strikes. 

After a snowstorm, make sure you clear snow and ice from the roof, as it can weigh down the structure and cause a possible collapse. Letting snow sit on the roof for long could also cause the shingles to freeze and shrink, causing cracks that could let in water into the roof assembly.

Repair and toughen up your roof

Regularly inspecting your roof could help reveal areas that can compromise the ability of the structure to withstand a storm. Begin by checking if there are any missing or protruding nails on your rafters and replace them. Next, apply construction adhesive on the sides of your trusses so that the roof deck is firmly secured and able to withstand high winds.

You should also inspect the roof for partly detached shingles and secure them firmly by applying fresh chalking under the shingle tabs. Areas around the roof edges where shingles are exposes are usually more susceptible to wind damage, so you should apply roofing cement to keep everything intact. 

Homes in areas prone to hurricanes essentially need additional strengthening to prevent wind damage. Consider talking to a roofer about installing specially designed metal straps to attach the roof to your home walls. This can prevent the roof from being ripped off by strong winds. After a storm, visually inspect the roof for any signs of damage and have a roofer, such as those found at FirstChoice Exteriors, make the necessary repairs.

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