Tips for Identifying and Addressing Roofing Damage from Winter Storms

Posted on: 12 September 2016

Winter storms can be severe in many parts of the country. Now that the summer heat is fading into fall's cooler weather, it's important that you're prepared for winter's weather threats. One of the things that many homeowners need to understand is the importance of protecting your home's roof from storm damage, and this includes both spotting the signs of damage and covering the roof until you can get it repaired.

Recognizing the Signs of Storm Damage on Your Roof

After a severe storm is over, it's important that you inspect your roof closely for damage. Observing from the ground isn't usually enough to see everything, so this does mean getting out the ladder, but observing the roof is an important step. If you don't look for damage, you'll risk structural problems and water exposure later from worsening roof damage.

Check the shingles first. If any of the shingles are loose, torn, or missing, they need to be replaced. This often happens in storms with high, persistent winds or large hail. Hail damage can also cause shingles to warp, and this can lead to fiberglass exposure and damage. You should also check for any lost metal strips and panels. High winds that come with strong gusts can lift the metal strips and pull them loose.

Addressing Any Existing Roofing Damage

If you spot damage to your roof during the inspection, you need to cover it until you can get it repaired. This reduces the risk of water and weather exposure to the subroofing and potential water damage inside your home.

A heavy tarp will provide you with the protection that you need if you secure it to the roof properly. Buy a large tarp that will cover the entire roof from peak to eaves in the affected area. You'll also want some 2x4s that you can use to secure the tarp. Make sure they're longer than the tarp width so that they secure the whole tarp. Staple the edge of the tarp to one edge of the 2x4 with heavy staples. Then, wrap the tarp around the 2x4 so that it's covered on three sides. Put the 2x4 flat on the roof and nail it to the eaves. Then, nail another 2x4 on top of it to keep it secure.

Stretch the tarp over the rest of the roof area and up over the peak, wrap it around another 2x4, and repeat the process on the top with a second 2x4 to secure it. Place 2x4s along the edges of the tarp and nail them in place with long nails. This protects the sides and keeps the whole tarp down on the roof so that no rain or wind can get underneath it.

This will protect the roof until a roofing contractor such as Bob Behrends Roofing & Gutters LLC can come out and address the problems.


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