It’s essential for homeowners to know how to properly handle their home’s roofing. Since extreme weather can strike at any moment, homeowners need to know exactly what to do both in a weather emergency (during and after) and what they can do to prevent expensive damage from occurring in the first place.
This guide well help you better understand the importance of your roof. Here are a few essential steps to prepare your roof for any extreme weather:
Thoroughly clean your gutters
If leaves and debris remain in your gutters throughout the winter, the weight will eventually become unbearable and your gutters will likely break off. Additionally, when snow, leaves, and debris clog your gutters for too long, your home’s downspouts will become blocked, causing rain, hail, and snow to overflow. This, in turn, can damage your roof, trim, and siding. Make sure you are removing every unnecessary item across your home’s gutters. You can also have gutter screens installed to avoid this issue altogether.
Trim all trees near your roof
If there are a few tree branches surrounding your roof, they, too will eventually break off and land on your roof as the snow piles up. These branches can not only damage your roof when they scrape across its surface, but can also put too much weight on your gutter and roof, causing it to potentially cave in. Make sure you are keeping all your tree branches well trimmed and remove any branches off your roof.
Contact professional roofing contractors
Under normal circumstances, a roof should be inspected at least twice a year — this should be doubled if you’re expecting dangerous weather, however. In order to truly ensure that your roof is ready for any oncoming severe weather, consult with professional contractors. These professionals are experienced in preventing damages and know what roofing materials are necessary for extreme weather. There are plenty of things you should be doing yourself, but seek professional assistance for guaranteed results.
Don’t let severe weather damage your home and force you to shell out thousands of dollars in repairs. If you’re in need or professional roof maintenance, roof replacement and roof installation, contact Richmond Exteriors today. Also, be on the lookout for part 2 of preparing for severe weather.