It doesn't take long for a severe storm to wreak havoc on the average home. In addition to the physical damage a severe storm can cause, there's also the financial damage to consider. One major insurer reported over $2.4 billion in storm damage claims during 2014 alone.
If your home's roof has already survived one severe storm relatively intact, then you'll want it to be ready to tackle the next severe storm. The following offers five ways you can get your roof ready to weather just about any storm that comes along.
Replace Missing Tiles and Shingles Immediately
If your roof still has damage from the previous storm, now's the time to have that damage repaired. A few loose or missing shingles or roof tiles can easily snowball into an entire missing section of roof during the next severe storm. Any lingering roof damage can easily compromise its structural integrity by giving high winds and heavy rains a foothold for creating further damage.
Consider Upgrading Your Roofing Materials
It's always a good idea to upgrade the materials used for your roof, especially if you happen to live in a storm-prone area. Upgrading to impact-resistant shingles or tiles can help your roof better withstand impacts from hail and random debris. Using shingles or tiles that are rated for withstanding high winds can also help minimize severe storm damage. You can even upgrade the nails used to keep your shingles in place. Some nails feature angular barbs that resist being ripped through the roof sheathing.
Regardless of what upgraded materials you use, it's critical that they're properly installed so they can perform as intended. For this reason, you should always have an experienced roofing contractor perform your upgrades. You should also keep in mind the cost of these upgraded materials and the extra labor required to install them, which could significantly increase overall repair costs.
Strengthen Your Roof's Structure
Your roof's underlying structure is another area where your roofing contractor can make upgrades to withstand future storm damage. To combat against hurricane-strength winds, your contractor can attach metal support straps to your home's end walls. This reduces the likelihood of your roof being separated during a hurricane or tornado.
There are other ways you can fortify your roof against the next severe storm. For instance, you can apply roofing cement underneath shingle tabs and along the edges of the roof where shingles are exposed along their sides. You can also run a 1/2-inch bead of construction adhesive along the seams where your roof's rafters or trusses and the roof's plywood sheathing come together.
Pay Attention to Nearby Landscaping
Yet another way to stormproof your roof involves taking a close look at your landscaping and the role it could play during the next storm. Needless to say, if you have any trees that are close to your home, you should consider how they could potentially cause damage to your roof.
Start by trimming back any and all branches or limbs that are hanging directly over or close to your roof. Get rid of any dead trees or limbs that could potentially break off or topple over and damage your roof. If you have any healthy trees that are very close to your home, consider having them removed or relocated.
Get Your Roof Inspected
If there's one thing you definitely don't want to go without, it's an inspection from an experienced roofing contractor, such as those at Todd Harkleroad Roofing Inc.. Your roofing contractor can help you identify areas where additional protection is needed. Your contractor can also give your roof a clean bill of health if it's already undergone recent modifications against future storm damage.