Despite the old adage about being thankful for the roof over your head, most people typically take their roofs for granted. But if Mother Nature brings bad weather your way, it’s important to know that your roof will do its job to protect your home and your family. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to roof maintenance and protection when the environment gets fierce.
1. Review and understand your insurance policies.
Did you simply stuff your home insurance policies in a folder and forget about them? Well, now’s your opportunity to take them back out and read them carefully. You want to avoid any nasty surprises if the weather turns sour. Knowing what’s actually covered can make a huge difference and save you money when the time comes. And don’t be afraid to contact your agent if you have questions about your specific policy.
2. Protect your roof from wind damage
Wind damage – such as a limb falling and puncturing the roof – can often be avoided with a little bit of planning. If high winds are forecasted for your area, it’s worthwhile to take an afternoon and trim down any branches near the house. And if you aren’t dealing with immediate danger, evaluating your overall landscape for professional tree removal can mean less trouble later when a storm arrives.
3. Protect your roof from water damage
Water might seem innocuous compared to giant tree limbs, but water leaks are actually one of the most common roof damage culprits. What can you do? Keep an eye on anything that could cause a leak, including missing shingles, standing water spots and gutters that don’t work properly.
If you spot an issue, don’t wait to get it fixed. Call a roofing expert to take care of it now, before that little problem becomes a bigger (and more costly!) situation.
4. Protect your roof from snow and ice damage
In a place with plenty of snow and ice like Colorado, it is imperative to protect your roof during the winter. These elements of freezing weather can wreak havoc on a roof if you aren’t prepared. Signs there’s a buildup of ice and snow can include: drooping ceilings, water leaks on interior walls and ceilings, jammed doors, and even creaky sounds around the home.
To protect your roof, consider adding insulation to your attic, installing a self-sealing membrane under the shingles, or installing snow guards. Also, beware of some chemical compounds meant to “melt” accumulated snow, as these can be damaging to roof materials.
5. Get a professional check up
Just like your car, your roof also needs regular checkups from a professional. Now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment to ensure your roof is ready for anything Mother Nature has in store this winter.
For peace of mind this season, talk to a reputable, local roofer like Total Roofing. Since 2005, Total Roofing has been helping to protect and restore roofs for all of southern Colorado from its Colorado Springs office and several satellite offices. Services include residentital and commercial repairs, re-roofing, new construction and total hail restoration.
To schedule a roof inspection or for more information, visit Total Roofing online or call (719) 591-4947 or 1-800-ROOF-PRO today.