Tips for Weather Proofing Your Roof
In mid-to-late October, it starts truly feeling like fall, even in Texas. Temperatures may not dip down into the single digits like they do in some regions of the U.S., but it does get cooler outside and storms are common. You may be putting an extra blanket on your bed to stay warm while indoors, but don’t forget that the top of your house needs to gear up for autumn and winter, too! Weather-proofing your roof doesn’t have to be a stressful undertaking; if anything, it’s just a combination of several simple steps that will save you a lot of time and money in the long run!
Tips for Protecting Your Roof from Harsh Weather
1. Fallen debris can leave your roof vulnerable to damage caused by turbulent weather. Trim trees that hang near or over your home and remove any dead branches that have fallen on the roof. These can damage your home if they fall due to wind, ice, hail, or snow. Also, be sure to clear gutters of debris. Of course, autumn reminds most of us of trees shedding their leaves. As the leaves fall, take note of whether any of them are clogging your gutters. If you live in a dry area like Texas, removing dry, dead leaves can lessen the unfortunate likelihood of a wildfire starting on your roof.
2. Replace missing, curling, or damage shingles right away since these put your home at risk of roof leaks. Similarly, shingles that are hanging can be pulled off by a strong wind. Unless you have experience with replacing roofing materials, this isn’t the best task to DIY. It’s recommended that you hire a professional for this job. Replacing one or two shingles is easy and inexpensive compared to more severe roof damage that can be caused by ignoring the problem!
3. Protecting your roof is an inside job, too! Add insulation to your attic to protect against rain, ice freezes, and hail storms. Additionally, good attic insulation keeps heat in the interior of the home and prevents intense temperature fluctuations which can damage or warp roof structure. It’s especially important to make sure there are no leaks or weak points in your attic, as it is typically the barrier between your roof and the inside of your home.
4. Always check your roof after a severe storm. Even if your roof survived the storm and you didn’t notice any leaks, the harsh conditions may have worn down or torn pieces of your roof that can cause you trouble later especially in bad weather. If your home recently endured a hail storm with hail larger than ¾ inch in diameter, call a roofing expert to inspect it even if you didn’t notice any damage.
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