Tips for Making Sure Your Roof is Storm Proof

Tips for a Storm Proof Roof

Keeping your home safe from damage in case of natural disasters such as wind storms and hurricanes is a number-one priority for many homeowners. As a homeowner, you should focus more on reinforcing your roof because it is one of the most essential parts of keeping your home protected from such storms. The best practice is to prepare your roof since it’s the element in your home that is most exposed to wind, hail, and rain. Following these five tips will make sure your roof remains solid in case of a storm.

1. Clean Your Gutters

The gutters are often the place that many people overlook. However, gutters can easily get clogged. They are the drainage systems of the roof, so you have to make sure that they are free of leaves and debris. The debris that is on top of the roof will often end up in the gutters. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that the gutters are free of all debris especially before a big storm comes. The more debris the more weight there is on the gutters and therefore a higher chance of damage being caused to your gutter system.

Don't forget that your roof also protects your foundations and that if water comes flowing off the roof directly, due to clogged gutters,it can cause damage to foundations and other parts of your property.

2. Reinforce Roof Shingles

Strengthening your roof shingles ensures they remain secured even when strong high-speed hurricane storms hit your home. Weak shingles that are not properly secured will be easily blown off leaving your roof unprotected and exposed to the danger of collapsing. The types of shingles you use in reinforcing your roof can make a big difference in a storm. Consider using class three or four shingles in strengthening your roof because they have been tested and can stand strong winds.

3. Maintain Trees

Trees are known for reducing wind speed and can be of great help in protecting your roof in case of a storm. Ensure you remove all the dead tree branches in your compound to prevent any possible damage done to your roof or home. Trimming the tree branches within 6 feet of your roof prevents the large branches from destroying your house roof system. Maintain tree branches that may have crept near your roof’s edge since they will offer protection from airlift. Ensure you trim or cut down trees that are close enough to your house and may fall to your roof if subjected to strong winds.

4. Inspect Your Attic Ventilation and Insulation

Your room attic insulation and ventilation can help maintain the indoor and outdoor temperature of your house’s roof, that plays an important role in balancing inside and outside roof pressure. A faulty attic ventilation system means no temperature balance hence difference in indoor and outdoor pressure that makes the roof vulnerable to cracks and damages. Proper ventilation will strengthen your roof shingles providing extra support to your roof.

5. Repair Ceiling and Roof Leaks.

Roof and ceiling leaks when it rains will steadily weaken your roof over time which can result in a big disaster when a storm occurs. Repairing the leaks ensure the cracks and leak holes that may weaken the roofing foundation are sealed off. If left unattended, damp leaks and spots are likely to transform into big holes during stronger storms. Consider replacing an aged roof or renovating with supporting beams to make it stable.

Preparing your home for any disasters that may occur is vital. Storms can lead to extensive damages not only on your roof but your whole property. Following the above tips will help you prepare and secure your roof in the case or a storm.

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