Having a roofing contractor that can provide emergency roofing services is one way to help mitigate the impact a storm-damaged roof can cause to your home. Preventing such damage from happening to your home is even more preferable. Jarhead Construction, Inc. recommends these preventive measures that can help minimize potential roofing damage during a storm:
1. Keep a Regular Maintenance Routine – A well-maintained roof has better chances of withstanding storm-related damage. In addition to your professionally-conducted maintenance, you should regularly inspect your roof for signs of damage or aging. Then call for repairs immediately if in case you find critical issues like exposed underlayment, damaged shingles or missing flashing. Clean the gutters regularly to ensure no rainwater overflows in case of heavy rainfall.
2. Remove Unhealthy Trees – Trees in the yard offer so many benefits, both aesthetic and practical. Full-grown trees can withstand some of the strongest storms, but only if they’re healthy. Dead or sickly trees can be uprooted by strong winds and fall on your roof. The scope of such damage often goes beyond repair, leading to unplanned roof replacement. Consult a landscaping expert if you’re not sure whether or not you should have trees removed. Additionally, trim the healthy tree branches with at least 10 feet of clearance to prevent scratches on the roof.
3. Invest In a Roofing System With a High Wind Rating – If you’re planning on having a new roof installed, take the time to compare the wind ratings, and if it’s included in the warranty coverage. GAF’s Lifetime Roofing Systems, for instance, are rated for up to 130 mph – the equivalent of Category 3 hurricanes – and has warranty coverage to match. Plus, these roofing systems also feature adhesive-enhanced starter strips that enhance your roof’s protection from wind-driven rain.
4. Consider Your Roof’s Design – If you have a gabled roof that’s up for a complete rebuild, consider making it a hip roof. This four-sided roofing style has been proven to provide better protection against wind damage and blow-offs.
For more advice on storm-proofing your roof, ask the roofing company that you can trust. Call Jarhead Construction, Inc. today at (309) 588-4471. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We serve many areas in and near Bloomington and Normal, IL.