Storms, or any extreme weather event for that matter, usually leave some form of roof damage. This doesn’t mean, however, that there’s nothing you can do to lessen the risk. Here are some ways you can reduce the risk of storm roof damage:
Put Away Outdoor Furniture
Strong winds can blow away patio tables, chairs and other outdoor furniture, which could then hit parts of your exterior and dislodge a shingle or two.
Trim Tree Branches
Flimsy tree branches can be easily knocked down by storm winds and fall onto your roof, possibly causing a few cracks to form.
Clean Your Gutters
Trimming dead and overgrown tree branches also has the benefit of reducing your gutters’ maintenance needs. Your gutters serve as your residential roofing system’s first line of defense against moisture. If leaves and branches accumulate and clog your gutters, water might spill onto your roof and siding, and seep into the roof’s underlayment or your home’s foundation. That’s why you need to regularly clean your gutters.
Quick tip: Before a storm makes landfall or passes over your area, it’d be a good idea to take pictures of your roof. That way, should your roof get damaged during the storm, you’ll have documents you can submit as proof when you file an insurance claim.
Schedule Routine Roof Inspections and Maintenance
Don’t forget to have a roofing contractor conduct routine roof inspections and maintenance. Storms can worsen relatively minor roof damage like loose shingles and small cracks. Plus, insurers require homeowners to have their roof routinely maintained. Remember: Your insurance policy only covers roof storm damage, not damage due to any negligence on the homeowner’s part. Also, make sure to hire an experienced contractor to ensure your roof undergoes a comprehensive inspection. After all, without the necessary experience, it can be easy to miss subtle signs of roof damage.
Quality Assurance Roofing, a contractor with nearly two decades of experience, offers residential and commercial roofing services. To request a free quote, call us at (479) 279-8500. We serve homeowners in Rogers, AR, as well as the surrounding communities.