How Can You Protect Your Roof From Damage During Summer Storms?

Summer is a time when many heavy storms occur. High winds and driving rain can be hard on your home's roof, leading to leaks, broken shingles, and damage. Knowing how to protect your home's roof at this time of year can help you preserve your property and prevent water damage. 

Have a Roofer Look at Your Home

At the beginning of the summer, have your home's roof inspected by a reputable roofer in your area. Your roofer will be able to tell you if your home's roof is ready to withstand typical storms that occur in summer. If your roofer recommends repairs to be made, schedule the roof repair as soon as possible because summer is a time when many roofers develop a long list of clients. Delaying the roof repair could leave your roof vulnerable to this summer's storms.

Inspect Your Property's Trees

Diseased trees can develop weakness in their trunk and branches. In a strong storm, sick trees can be uprooted or knocked down by high winds. Inspecting your trees for signs of disease can help you protect your roof from falling trees and branches. Signs of illness in your trees include:

  • Cankers on the trunk or branches
  • Fungal growth (including mushrooms) on the bark of the tree
  • Unseasonal loss of leaves and bareness on the branches 

If any tree near your home displays these symptoms of illness, talk to a certified arborist to seek treatment for the tree, or talk to a tree trimmer to have the tree cut down. 

Trim Overhanging Branches

Branches that hang over your home, even if they look healthy and are attached to healthy trees, still represent a danger to your roof. Have overhanging branches cut down before storms pick up for the summer. To avoid the possibility of damaging your roof during the branch removal, have the branches cut down by a professional tree trimming company with proper equipment.

Watch for Signs of Roof Distress After Storms

Roof deterioration is often most obvious after storms. Inspect your roof after storms occur to look for signs of wear and tear. Signs of roof distress include:

  • Curling or missing shingles on the roof
  • Shingles laying loose in the yard
  • Piles of shingle granules collecting in the gutters 

After inspecting the exterior of your roof, go up into your attic to inspect the roof joists for signs of a roof leak. Signs of a leak include:

  • Dampness on the wood
  • Water damage, including dark water spots
  • Mold

If you see signs of roof distress after summer storms, contact a roofing company in your area for repair.

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