The warm season has arrived in Minnesota. Longtime residents here understand what that means: fluctuating and often violent weather patterns. The violent storms that Minnesota produces can wreak havoc on your home or place of business. Your first defense against the falling elements from above – your roof – can experience the worst of a particularly fierce weather pattern. Extremely high winds have the ability to detach your shingles and leave your underlayment unprotected. This can inhibit your structure’s defense against water damage. In addition, hail can produce costly damage to your roof. Even if your roof appears fine after a storm, there may be concealed damage that will cause problems in the future.
3 Ways to prepare your roof for a storm:
Inspect the strength of your roof’s components.
Do you have loose shingles? Do you have missing shingles? Are any of them folding at the ends? If your shingles are not secure, there is a much higher risk that they will fail to stand up to strong winds, hail and rain. In order to secure them, the best practice is to nail them down. Staples alone may not be strong enough to hold them.
Look for cracked caulking and check your siding.
Look closely at your siding, especially where it meets your roof. Do you see any loose or cracked pieces? These must be secured because high winds will easily blow them off of your structure. Make sure that you check your caulking as well. Are there any cracks? These cracks might allow water into your structure.
Make sure that your gutters are clean.
Gutter cleaning may seem like a tedious task, but regular gutter cleaning can work wonders in relation to the longevity of your roof. If your gutters are filled with dirt and leaves, you are risking severe water damage. This is because the dirt and leaves will essentially create a dam and block the flow of water. This can result in your gutters collapsing.
After you have checked the security of your roof, be sure to trim and remove any low hanging tree branches near it. Once the wind picks up, tree limbs can devastate a roof.
If you feel that your roof is susceptible to storm damage and you require a certified professional to ensure its durability, do not hesitate to contact the professionals at Central Roofing Company. Simply fill out our contact form or call us at 763-572-0660. In addition, we will be happy to guide you on techniques for securing your roof before a storm.