Severe weather comes around the corner quickly and suddenly. This sort of weather is a homeowner’s worst nightmare because it is the primary source of wear and tear on their roof. To minimize the amount of damage that could potentially come to your roof, it’s important to prepare for the worse. By preparing, you can decrease or eliminate the amount of water that makes it inside your home, lowering the overall likelihood of water damage.
To ensure that your roof lasts for its entire lifespan, it’s essential to carry out routine maintenance, especially during storming seasons. While doing regular maintenance, you can catch problems before they turn into large damage, and roof repair will need to be done. If the roof hasn’t been maintained in a long time, it might be beneficial to call a professional to help with the inspection. During these routine checkups, there are several agenda items to take care of.
The gutters are there to help manage water during a storm, steering it off the roof and away from your home. If these gutters and downspouts are clogged, this preventative measure is stopped. They will need to be cleaned out often. Depending on the foliage in the surrounding area, it could need to be cleaned anywhere between every three months to twice a year. If they have not been cleaned in a while, do so before a storm hits.
Wind can carry all sorts of debris onto a roof. Unfortunately, this means that debris can be carried down into the gutters and downspouts, causing a clog. Not only is a clog a risk if debris isn’t cleared, but leftover branches or foliage can retain moisture after a storm. This can lead to mold and rot that can seep into the roof. After storms, it’s important to check roofs for debris to ensure the least amount of damage possible.
Branches are large contributors to clogged gutters and damage to roofs. It’s important to pay close attention to those that are close to the roof, as they cause the most damage. Any dead or large branches can break off and fall, causing severe damage when landing, breaking shingles, cracking roof beams, or even falling through completely. Even if branches don’t break off trees, they can still cause damage if they are too close to the house. Branches that are moving in the wind can catch under shingles, tearing them away from the roof.
Because branches can cause so many problems, it’s critical to trim them at least annually. Keep careful notice to maintain at least a 6-foot distance from the branch to the roof. Doing this will minimize the risk that branches pose to the house.
No matter how much preparation is done, there are still accidents that can occur with no fault of anyone. Because of this, there are professionals at Decor Construction readily available to help any time roof repairs are needed. They understand how important your home is to you and can ensure a safe and secure roof after any roof repair.
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