A recent survey found that 70% of Americans do not consider how their home will handle different types of weather when it comes time to replace their roof. This can be devastating if you are in the path of a storm and already have issues with your roof. Preparing your home for hurricane season is vital. Here are a few ways to ensure your roof is ready for extreme weather:
Check your roof structure.
As you inspect your roof, check for any loose shingles or nails, shingles that are flipped or have any indication of being creased in the opposite direction, or shingles with significant granule loss.If you find any loose or damaged shingles, getting them replaced as soon as possible is vital. You may also want to look at the roof flashing around where chimneys or skylights are attached; this is particularly important if you have a low-sloped roof (where water drains over it instead of through downspouts).
If there are gaps between the roof flashing and its connection points, get those fixed immediately—even if they seem small at first glance. If unsure about what needs fixing on your own, reach out to our team for a replacement inspection before the storm begins!
Clear debris from gutters and drains
If your gutters have leaves, branches, and other debris, get them cleaned out as soon as possible. Debris can cause clogs and damage to your roofing system that can lead to leaks.
Also, ensure all drains are clear of debris so water doesn't pool underneath the house, making things worse should flooding occur during hurricanes or heavy rain events. If gutter issues are causing you pain and annoyance, reach out today, and let's speak about how installing Gutter Guards could be the right solution for your home!
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Secure Patio and Yard Furniture
When bad weather or a hurricane is imminent,patio and yard furniture, umbrellas, and kid's toys should be securely fastened to the deck or patio or brought into a shed or garage. In the event of a storm,these objects can become projectiles and cause potential damage to roofs.
Have Trees and Bushes close to the home trimmed
If you have trees and bushes close to the home, trim them. Trim tree limbs that are at least 10 feet away from your roof.Remove branches that hang over the roof or do whatever is necessary, so they don't touch them. It would help if you also trimmed any branches that touch your gutters or downspouts.
Schedule the replacement you have been putting off
It is essential to schedule the replacement you have been putting off. If you have an older roof, it may need to be replaced anyway. Even if your current, older roof seems to be in good condition, it might be a good idea to replace it before hurricane season to prepare you for any potential damage from storms.
Make sure that you have the right people for the job! Tredegar Construction is a Class A licensed contractor with years specializing in roofing, siding, insulation, and gutters in the Greater Richmond, Virginia area. Reach out to us today to see how we can prepare your home for storm season!
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