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How to Protect Your Roof from Severe Summer Weather


June 23, 2016

Depending on where you live, your home’s exterior can potentially be subjected to several different types of severe weather throughout the year. In the Midwest during the summer, extreme heat, hail, hard rain, high winds, and tornadoes are a few of the punishments that Mother Nature can deal out to your home.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Association estimates that hail storms alone cause approximately $1 billion in damage to property each year.

While there’s very little you can do to protect your home once the damage has been done, there are several ways to be proactive and ensure that your home survives the summer in the best possible condition. If you catch these small problems early, you can fix them before they require major repairs.

Sun damage

Extreme heat and high exposure to sun can weaken parts of your roof. Inspect your roof regularly for warped, faded, chipped, or obvious signs of deformity. Replacing a few loose or damaged shingles is a much simpler fix than replacing an entire roof or repairing extensive water damage to your home.

Water damage

We all know that water is one of the most dangerous elements for a roof. Water intrusion can lead to very serious problems within your home and it isn’t always immediately detectable from inside the house. Catching the problem early and fixing it correctly can be the difference between a minor roof repair and a major home repair. Again, replacing a few shingles can save you a lot of headache down the road.

Summer storms

Summer storms present one of the biggest threats to your home’s roof. When trying to best protect your roof from damage, there are several things you should consider.

  • Are there any branches that can scrape against the roof or fall onto your home? Get them trimmed as soon as possible.
  • Are your gutters properly channeling water away from your home on the entire perimeter? Fix any clogged or leaking portions of the gutters to ensure they are functioning correctly.
  • Are all of the seals on vents, chimneys and skylights watertight and free from cracks? Leaking vents are one of the leading causes of roof leaks.

It’s a good practice to check your home, and especially your roof, for damage after every major storm. Being proactive is the best way to protect your roof and maximize your chance of finding small problems before they become big ones.

Was your roof damaged by a recent storm? Call RSG Construction, Kansas City’s premium roofing contractor, at 816.866.4235 for your complimentary consultation.

 



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