Storm Proof Your Roof
June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season. Each year hurricanes and tropical storms cause millions of dollars of damage to commercial and residential properties. One the largest building systems damaged by high winds and water are roofing systems. As the highest point with multiple parts, roofs take a vast beating from torrential rain and high winds. Roofing systems are also constantly exposed to the seasonal elements of blaring heat from the sun and the extreme cold of winter along with the snow and ice that accompanies it. Although no preventative practices can assure that no damage will occur to your building or home; storm proofing your roof can save you thousands of dollars in costly repairs. Here are several practices that should be employed to protect and storm proof your roof.
- Routine maintenance- The roof needs to be checked regularly for loose or damaged shingles, flashing or vents or pipe collars. Additionally, metal roofing and flat roofing systems should be professionally maintained.
- Check your attic for water spots and mold which would indicate that there is a leak. Also check for wood rot on rafters. If any of these things are found, immediate maintenance to correct the issue is essential to prevent more costly damage and the possible denial of an insurance claim after a storm.
- Insurance review- Review your insurance policy to be apprised of your coverage and deductible limit.
- Clean gutters- If the roof has gutters that do not have gutter caps that prevent clogging from debris, routine gutter cleaning is necessary to prevent damage to fascia boards caused by water overflowing the gutter.
- Cut overhanging tree limbs and dead trees that could fall on the roof. A fallen tree limb can puncture a roof causing massive damage. This is also true for a fallen tree that can break rafters and potentially result in the injury or death of occupants. Having dangerous trees surrounding your business or home removed is one of the most effective means of storm proofing your roof.