Have a professional inspect for leaks
Rainy days bring a certain level of calm to your surroundings but they put a great deal of stress on your roof. Water is one of, if not THE greatest enemy your roof will have but other elements such as strong wind and humidity can also wear it away. A roof with even the slightest gaps is vulnerable to leaks, which can lead to moisture damage if left unchecked. A check-up from a professional should catch all leaks, even those just forming, giving you the opportunity to fix them and get your roof ready for all the rains that may come.
Secure shingles and roof panels
Strong winds can lift up parts of your roof, creating openings for moisture to enter. If you have a shingled roof, make sure that there are no loose nails or shingles that may come undone when a strong gust of wind comes.
Check your gutters and flashing
Sometimes, roof damage during rainy weather can be caused by something else, such as loose flashing or faulty gutter systems. Have these checked before any major rain and get a professional to seal them as soon as possible. If you get this done during the dryer months, you can check if everything is in working condition by running some water with a hose on your roof.
Check support beams
Most of the problems associated with rain can also be caused by snow, with the added danger of causing a roof to give away due to the snow’s extra weight and the threat of ice dams. A faulty support beam will not be able to support the weight of snow accumulating on a roof and thus may give out, damaging not just your roof but the rest of your home as well. Have support beams reinforced, if needed, most especially before the winter season kicks in.
Check the insulation
Poor insulation can warm up the underside of your roof, causing snow to melt in winter which leads to ice dams forming. During the warmer months, it also poses a problem because it makes indoor temperature fluctuate, forcing your cooling system to work doubly hard to keep you comfortable. Aside from ensuring your attic is properly insulated, check to make sure that your roof’s underlayment is also free from holes or othersigns of damage.
Making sure that your roof is prepared for any kind of weather requires effort but it will be all worth it when you find yourself safe and dry indoors when bad weather hits your area. Talk to your local contractor today to help you get started!
Jonathan Price is in charge of Professional Roofing Contractors’ Shingle & Storm Damage Operations. He is also the Head Project Manager for the company’s commercial new construction clients.