High winds and hail can cause major damage to your roof, but you can take protective measures to limit their negative effects. If troubling weather is forecast, pay attention to the following guidelines below, designed to help minimize destruction caused by wind and hail.
Examine the Flashing
If wind gains a foothold on a loose panel of metal flashing, an updraft could rip the entire section from the roof deck. Loose or exposed flashing must be reinforced immediately, not only as protection against wind damage, but to guard against water penetration to the underlying plywood as well. As the homeowner, you may be the first to notice exposed metal flashing from the outside. You can also examine the flashing’s current effectiveness from the inside; if you see damp or moldy areas in the plywood underneath the flashing, you may already have a water leak. Get a professional roofer to inspect and fortify the flashing components around chimneys, air ducts and in angled roof grooves.
Increase Roof Stability
A roof with steep gables takes the brunt of the wind’s force. To reduce vulnerability and potential compromise of the entire roof’s structure, a roofer may reinforce the rafters with wood beams. He or she will also inspect the ventilation patterns in the attic to ensure the wind enters and exits at an acceptable rate. Otherwise, pressure can build up inside the roof during a windstorm.
Consider Shingle Replacement
Walk around the home’s perimeter and look for curling, loose or missing shingles. Hire a professional roofer to examine the steep slopes of the roof up close. If the roof currently needs at least a portion of shingles replaced, think about using a product rated to withstand heavy hail. Depending on the size, shape and speed at which the hail hits the roof, the chunks of ice can make small punctures in the shingle cover, which are difficult to see until they lead to water damage in the future. Impact-resistant shingles are less likely to be compromised after a hailstorm.
Trim the Landscape
Even if your home is fully fortified against wind and hail, a dangerous threat may still be present: unstable trees or those with overhanging limbs. If an entire tree collapses on your roof in a strong wind storm, shingle damage will not be your only concern. If you believe the tree branches near your home may be a threat, call a local roofer for advice on how and where to trim down each branch. Pruning trees in a safe and smart way is not detrimental to their growth – it actually helps trees to flourish. If the branch is large and heavy, do not attempt to trim it on your own; hire a professional tree trimmer to complete the task.
For more information on what you can do to prevent wind and hail damage to your roof, talk to the professionals at Knockout Roofing today.