High winds, falling debris, heavy rain, and hailstorms can cause significant damage to your roof. While there’s no escaping the wrath of nature, preventative maintenance can reduce the damage your roof would sustain in a storm.
Roof Maintenance Before a Storm Hits
Your roofing system needs regular maintenance to stay in good shape, survive a storm, and last longer. A roofing professional will inspect your roof for weak areas in your roof which a fierce storm could damage. Minor issues such as missing shingles or damaged flashing can turn into significant problems with the strain of a storm.
During the inspection, the roofer will look for a range of issues, including:
- Loose, cracked, curling, buckling, or missing roof coating
- Exposed nails
- Bubbles and blisters
- Cracked caulk and failing sealants
- Uneven roof planes and signs of sagging
- Missing or damaged flashing and fasteners
- Gaps or deterioration of boots and sealants around vent pipes
- Signs of leaks and water damage
- Presence of organic growth, grime, and debris
- Blocked or inadequate ventilation
- Clogged gutters and roof valleys
After the inspection, the roofer will prepare an inspection report and a written estimate for repairs. You want to ensure repairs are done promptly to prevent further damage and premature roof replacement. It’s also essential to clean your gutters, trim nearby trees, and secure loose outdoor items before the storm.
Roof Inspection is Best Roof Left to Professional Contractors
There is a wealth of roofing information online, but nothing beats the experience and knowledge of a contractor who has been working on roofs for years.
You can spot obvious roof issues such as missing shingles without climbing on the roof, but other types of damage aren’t visible to the untrained eye. A professional roofing contractor knows what to look for and can be able to detect hidden problems.
They can develop a maintenance plan which will ensure your roof is ready to take on harsh weather. Also, a roofer will have the tools, equipment, and gear needed to get the job done safely.
When a storm has been forecasted, don’t cross your fingers and hope for the best. Let Midwest Roofing Siding & Windows prepare your roof to withstand the onslaught Mother Nature might bring down. Contact us to schedule a thorough roof inspection or emergency roof repair in the Twin Cities.