Summer Storm Damage: 3 Ways You Can Protect Your Home
Here in the Twin Cities, our homes see their fair share of potentially damaging weather conditions. And at Eastern Roofing & Siding, we know the best way to avoid extensive storm damage repairs is to prepare your home and property before summer storm season hits. Below, we’ve outlined a few valuable suggestions to help you safeguard your home against weather-related damage.
Request a Roof Inspection
When it comes to storm damage, roofs are one of the worst-hit areas on any property, simply because they’re fully exposed to inclement weather conditions. To ensure your roof is able to withstand severe weather, routine roof inspections are non-negotiable.
Even minor damage, if undetected, can compromise the structural integrity of your roof over time, which is why roof inspections are so important. During a professional inspection, roofing contractors examine the structure for:
● Missing, buckling, cracking, or otherwise damaged shingles
● Flashing damage, which can allow water to seep beneath the roof and into your attic
● Mold and mildew, both on top of the roof and inside your attic
● Roof rot and warping, which result from roof leaks and moisture accumulation
So when should you request a roof inspection? Generally, composite, wood, and asphalt roofs require inspections at 3-year intervals. Slate and tile roofs, on the other hand, typically require inspection every five years. However, if you know the weather was particularly harsh on your roof, it’s a good idea to request an inspection even if you had one recently.
Maintain Your Gutters Properly
If your gutters are damaged or clogged, they cannot protect your home according to their design, which essentially renders them a useless addition to your home. Because each gutter trough must be fully intact and free from debris to function properly, it’s important to perform routine inspections and cleanings to maintain optimal functionality and protection. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
● Prop a ladder against the eave of your roof (ladder horns will help protect the gutters) and perform a quick visual inspection of each gutter. Look for debris inside the trough that could prevent water from flowing freely through the downspout.
● Look for signs of gutter damage, including cracks, leaky seals, and corroded areas.
● Use a small scoop or your hands to remove any debris inside the gutters. You can collect debris in a small bucket and toss it in the trash when you’re finished.
● After removing all debris, use a garden hose to flush each gutter and downspout with water.
● If you located damage during your inspection, contact a gutter contractor to discuss repairs.
When you finish cleaning each gutter, check the positioning of each downspout. Downspouts should always direct water at least five to 10 feet away from your home to provide adequate water damage protection for your foundation. If necessary, adjust each downspout to the proper position.
Prepare Your Yard
If your trees have branches that extend over the roof of your home, make sure you trim back each branch before storm season hits. In high winds, large, heavy branches can easily detach from the trees surrounding your home. And depending on the severity of the storm, those branches can cause some serious damage, including roof collapse, punctures, siding damage, shattered windows, and more. Practicing annual tree trimming can help you avoid this issue entirely.
Eastern Roofing & Siding: Your Twin Cities Source for Comprehensive Storm Damage Repair
When summer storms cause damage to your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Eastern Roofing & Siding team for help. We specialize in a variety of storm damage repairs and pride ourselves on delivering superior quality workmanship, excellent customer service, and project transparency. To learn more about our services or request a free estimate, give our team a call at 651-238-1313 or send us a message via our contact form, and we’ll be in touch.