The roof on your home shields your family and personal property from the wild weather we often experience here in Central Oklahoma. Knowing how to prepare for the following common storm damage scenarios can help keep your home and family well protected against Mother Nature’s fury.
These high-velocity icy projectiles form when water vapor freezes high up in the atmosphere. Although larger-size hail generally does more harm, even smaller hail stones can cause significant damage, such as:
- Loss of granules and bruising on asphalt shingles.
- Broken or cracked slate, clay, or concrete tiles.
- Dents on metal roofing panels, gutters, vents, and flashing.
- Water leaks that damage the roof decking, attic insulation, interior ceilings, and walls.
The Oklahoma City area has seen more than its share of devastating EF5 tornadoes, but the severe weather that accompanies even a “mild” EF0 tornado can uproot a tree and send it crashing through your roof, while an EF1 storm can strip off shingles, tiles, metal panels, and underlayment and leave the decking exposed to lashing rain. Once rainwater finds an entry route into the structure, wood components can start to decay and mold can gain a foothold.
The seasonal storms that pass through our area of Oklahoma can leave your roof vulnerable to damaging winds. Shingle roofs are usually more susceptible to being lifted, loosened, or completely torn off with extended exposure to strong winds, but forceful wind gusts or airborne debris can easily harm wood shake, tile, slate, and metal roofs, too.
Steps to Take Now to Prepare for Storm Damage
First, read through your homeowner’s insurance policy so you understand your exact coverage level, then learn how to shut off your electrical, gas, and water supplies to avert a fire, explosion, or flood if your roof gets severely damaged. Additionally, you should:
Establish a relationship with a reliable roofing contractor. Choose a locally-based contractor who’s licensed, fully insured, and certified by your roofing manufacturer. Make sure they have a stellar reputation for reliability, responsiveness, and customer service as well.
Keep your roof in good repair. Have your roof inspected and address any problems your contractor identifies, like loose metal panels, broken or missing flashing, and shingles or tiles — so the roof is in the best possible condition to weather the next storm.
For more expert advice about protecting your OKC-area home against storm damage, contact us at Accord Construction.
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