How To Prevent Storm Damage To Your Roof?

Commercial Roofing Contractors

The roof of your house is a vital part of your home. It shields your entire home and family from damage that Texas storms may cause.

Storms cause the most common type of damage a roof experiences. Often, you won’t be able to see the damage unless you go on the roof.

Even a strong wind can cause severe damage if your roof is poorly maintained. That is why it is vital to regularly check your roof and immediately attend to any roofing damage.

We have listed a few methods below that you can use to reduce storm damage to your roof. In some cases, following these protective measures can be the difference between expensive roof repairs and zero storm damage to your roof.

Regularly prune nearby trees.

Regularly trim the trees near your home to minimize the risk of branches falling in heavy winds or storms.

Strong winds, especially during a hurricane, can throw around almost anything, causing damage to nearby buildings.

That is why it is essential to regularly inspect your property for dead tree branches and make sure that you get an expert out to help you with any trimming required.

Trees also risk collapsing onto your roof and causing severe damage. We recommend contacting a roofing professional about the trees on your property and the potential risks.

Secure outdoor items

It would help if you moved smaller objects like grills, outdoor furniture, flower pots, and other debris from the yard into your shed or garage to avoid becoming projectiles in storms with strong winds.

Decorations securely attached to your home can cause damage to your home or be ruined during a storm.

Clean gutters and drains

Your gutters and drains must be clear. Before and during a storm, both these components are responsible for channeling water from the roof to the ground. They are designed to prevent water from accumulating and seeping into the structure of your home.

Keeping your gutters and drains clean and free-flowing and draining water away from your foundation will reduce the likelihood of water drainage problems.

Commercial buildings with flat roofs are more vulnerable to water damage when box gutters are not clear for drainage.

Schedule a regular roof inspection

It is essential to keep up with roof maintenance as it can identify any preliminary issues that may be present. It also makes repairs easier when caught early, saving you time and money in the long haul.

A new roof will most likely endure the harshest weather conditions. But, if your roof is between 5 and 10 years old or older, it should be checked for loose nails, shingles, and sheathing.

During a storm, shingles, loose nails, and even sheathing can blow off in a storm, causing large portions of roofing to be dislodged or creating an opening for rain and ice to penetrate.

Roofs over 15 years old risk sudden deterioration or failure in storms, even if there are no apparent problems.

Once the storm season sets in, make sure you inspect your roof during favorable weather periods. Maintenance may be required to repair, reinforce, or replace damaged roofing materials during the storm.

Keep up to date with insurance.

The aftermath of a severe storm can be chaotic, and the last thing on your mind is whether or not you have enough insurance coverage.

Ensure you have all your coverage information on hand if you need to file a weather or storm claim.

Be proactive when organizing all of the required documentation. Make sure you take before and after pictures of any damage, as this can help reduce some of the challenges you may encounter after a storm.

Final thoughts

While you can handle certain things on your own in preparation for upcoming storms, consulting a professional like Gordy Roofing is your best bet.

Keeping your home and family safe before harsh weather conditions arrive requires putting in work before the storms begin.

About Gordy Roofing Company

Gordy Roofing Company has been the trusted source in East Texas for over 50 years and across the area. We are a family-owned business started by our dad over 5 decades ago, and we are 3 brothers that have continued our family tradition and skill-set taught to us by our father. We bring this commitment to you and our passion for turning your home into a work of art. We are insured, licensed, and bonded and have become the leading expert in our market segment. We desire for you to become part of our roofing family and our history. We have locations in the following areas: Big Sandy Texas | Tyler Texas | Longview Texas | Mineola Texas | Gilmer Texas |