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How Can I Prepare My Roof for a Severe Storm?

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by Carolyn Lynch

Thanks to climate change, severe weather conditions have become more common in the world than ever before. Surprisingly, many homeowners still don’t want to accept the fact that climate change can adversely affect their homes. What’s worse is that most of these naysayers choose to ignore the most critical part of their homes – their roofing system.

How to Prepare Your Roof? 

The good news is that you don’t need to be a pro to determine if your roof is prepared to deal with the summer storms. You can do that by following some simple steps. That’s all you need to see if your roofing system can stand the test of time.

  1. Inspect Your Roofing System

During severe storms, high winds and heavy rains can wreak havoc on your roofing system. Consequently, any existing minor roofing issue can become large-scale damage and structural problems within a few hours during a storm. That’s why experts recommend homeowners and businesses check their roofs for any existing defects such as missing or curled shingles as well as holes and get these issues fixed immediately. You can perform basic visual inspections on your own. You don’t even have to climb up your roof for this purpose. All you need is a pair of binoculars, and you can check your roof for visible issues from the ground.

  1. Fix any Existing Defects

If you want a strong and resilient roof that can withstand the harsh summer storm season with aplomb, you’ll need to make sure that your roof doesn’t have any existing damage. The fact is that existing damaged shingles are the weakest spots and the most damage-prone areas in a roofing system. If left unattended, they can lead to further issues like structural damage and indoor leaks, to name a few. In any case, we strongly recommend homeowners contact a trusted and experienced roofing company and get their existing roofing issues repaired before the storm season.

  1. Trim and Prune Nearby Trees

If you have trees near your property, make sure to trim them regularly. By removing dead branches and excess twigs, you can prevent severe structural damage to your home during high winds. If left unchecked, broken tree branches can land on your roof and cause serious damage. If any tree branches are touching your roof, they can scratch against the surface of your roof during strong winds and damage their protective granules as a result.

  1. Check Your Roofing Warranty and Insurance Policy 

During an extreme weather event and serious roofing damage, knowing your roofing warranty and insurance policy can save the day for you. In addition, partnering with a trusted roofing company can help make your claim process faster and smoother. Most importantly, make sure that you know precisely what your policy covers and that it is up to date. While you’re at it, check your roofing manufacturer’s warranty as well.

  1. Get in Touch with Professionals

Preparing your roof to hold up to even the harshest of weather conditions is important if you want to enjoy peace of mind and prevent costly roofing and structural issues. While you can perform basic visual inspections of your roof on your own, experienced, and skilled local roofers can help discover and fix all the underlying issues in your roofing system quickly and for the long term. By thoroughly inspecting and fixing any existing damage, professionals will help make sure that your roof is structurally sound or if a complete roof replacement is a better and most cost-effective option for you in the long run.

To learn more about our services, don’t hesitate to call Legend Roofs at 405-352-7307 and get a FREE no-obligation estimate today. We service areas in Shawnee, Noble, Tecumseh, Oklahoma City, Norman, Moore, and Duncan, OK.

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