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The homeowners in states like Oklahoma and Texas know that storms could be just around the next corner. It’s exactly because of this that they are keen on keeping their home in good working condition in preparation for these horrendous storms. However, many homeowners neglect to include preventative maintenance on their home’s roof.
Take advantage of good weather days to carefully check your roof and surrounding area to determine what preventative roof maintenance needs to be made. The following are some suggestions that can help you reduce storm damage to your roof:
* Note – If you aren’t experienced in doing roofing related tasks, then don’t bother doing any of the DIYs. It’s always best to contact a professional roofing company so quality work is ensured AND you can avoid putting yourself in any kind of risk.
1. Repair or replace any damaged shingles. Strong storm winds can take hold of a loose shingle and rip large sections of your roof away.
2. Trim and cut away any limbs or tree branches that hang close to or actually lay on your roof. Tree limbs and branches can slam into your roof with a tremendous force during powerful storms. It’s not unusual for branches to actually break through your roof causing huge amounts of damage that’s very costly to repair. If your trees are large and plentiful, it would be wise to hire a professional tree trimming service to handle this job.
3. Check your property for above ground utility power lines. It is always best if these are not near or crossing over your roof. If they are, contact your utility company to evaluate the situation and make a plan for those lines to be safely relocated. In addition, look at the power poles that connect those utility power lines. These should be fully upright, secured properly and not cracked or damaged. These poles can come down during storms and cause a chain reaction of falling poles and falling “live” power lines that are very dangerous. These can even end up stretched across your roof with the real possibility of starting a fire.
4. Satellite and cable dish antenna’s attached to your roof are usually not a problem. However, a strong wind can displace these and pull shingles loose setting up a bad roof situation for the next storm to come through. So, grab a ladder and take a good look around the base where these are attached to your roof.
5. Previous storm damage from large hail, needs to be evaluated for needed repairs. Although the dents and dings may seem like no big deal, there could actually be small holes, cuts, tears and separated shingles leaving parts of your roof exposed and vulnerable to serious damage in the next storm. When hail damage is serious, work with your insurance company to decide if a new roof in needed.
6. Sky lights allow natural lighting to fill your home, but they are also prone to leaks and breakage. Installation of these requires cutting a hole in your roof. The anchors and seals of the sky light have to remain secure at all times. Should unsecured edges pull up during a storm, they could pull parts of the roof and shingles off with them, causing a real problem. Inspect your skylights often and consider protecting them from breakage with wire protective covers.
7. Clean out and repair your gutters. Piles of leaves and small limbs can clog up the needed flow of your gutter. This causes a mushy mess that can overflow onto the edges of your roof causing some water seepage down through the cracks between shingles. Over time this will damage your roof. Likewise, that guttering that’s pulled loose bangs and repeatedly hits the edge of your roof line forming small cracks between the shingles and the actual roof, letting water, bugs and small creatures crawl through. This may not be visible from looking down on the roof, but from up under where the guttering is connected.
8. Inspect the “flashing” that’s around the chimney, vents, skylights and other attachments to your roof to be sure that it secured and sealed properly. Flashing refers to the metal pieces that anchor the ends and seams around the shingles. Be sure to check the roof areas where the various eaves of the house meet, connect and are covered and secured with flashing.
Mark a couple of weekends on the calendar each year as a reminder that it’s time to check the roof. Simple preventative maintenance to your roof can secure your home, but more importantly, it will help reduce storm damage to your roof next time a storm in coming your way.
A lot of the storm damages that the homeowners are facing can be prevented or drastically reduced. If you aren’t quite sure how to do just that, then the tips I’ve shared above should do you wonders.
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