The weather here in the DC metropolitan area has been pretty brutal lately. The rain just won’t stop and we’ve had several severe storms, even a couple tornadoes. Is your roof prepared to handle the next big storm?
There are certain things you can do to reduce the likelihood of roof storm damage occurring or minimize damage that does occur. This is also why having professional service every one to three years is so important—but before the next storm hits, it’s worth your while to at least give your roof a quick inspection on your own.
Minimizing or Preventing Roof Storm Damage
To minimize or even prevent roof storm damage from high winds, heavy rain, or a tornado, it’s recommended to inspect both your roof and gutters.
- Missing or loose shingles
- Missing granules
- Missing or loose nails
- Flashing damage
Be sure to:
- Check that the downspouts are draining correctly and have proper runoff
- Clear any debris in the gutters, such as leaves, twigs, branches, animal nests, etc.
- Make sure the gutters or downspouts aren’t loose or vulnerable in any way
Some homeowners overlook the gutters because they’re so focused on the actual roof itself, but gutters are truly your home’s first line of defense against basement leaks, foundation damage, and other problems!
Post-Storm Roof Storm Damage Tips
All that said, some damage is unavoidable. If your roof has experienced damage, there are still steps you can take to avoid future problems and restore it as quickly and safely as possible. Even if you haven’t experienced any damage at home, these tips are still good for future reference:
- Clear debris from gutters (windblown debris usually build up in the gutters and downspouts)
- Repair or replace any damaged roofing
- Repair or replace gutters that are loose, detached, or have other damage
- Check to make sure all attachments are still secure and see what has blown across the roof (tree branches can puncture the shingles) after a tornado or storm with high winds and heavy rain
For any pre- or post-storm inspections you do on your own, please be always be safe.
- Don’t try any inspections or repairs in the dark
- Wear sturdy shoes or boots, good gloves, and a long-sleeved shirt
- Don’t climb any insecure ladder
- If you don’t feel comfortable or are unable to do any inspections or repairs yourself, don’t
Calling a local roofing company is always the best and safest option! If you need roof storm damage repair in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia, Shanco has you covered. Contact us online or call us at 301-208-0848 for roof repair or replacement today!