One of the charms of life in Southern California is our long periods of calm, Mediterranean-like weather. But when it storms, it storms! Whether we are experiencing a storm system surging off the coast or the famous Santa Ana winds, we know that windstorms can be powerful forces. Thanks to modern meteorological technology, storm systems are generally something we are forewarned about in advance. At Tom Byer Roofing Service, we want to give you the same heads-up, and give you some pro tips on how to prepare your roof for a windstorm. These preventative measures are designed to help save you time and money down the road, so that extensive roof repair can be avoided.
1. Give Your Roof a Once Over on the Outside
The best way to start preparing your roof for a windstorm is to give it a thorough inspection before the storm starts. Check the edging, flashing, drains and gutters to ensure that nothing is loose, blocked, or looking problematic in general. Remove hanging or fallen tree limbs. If you find anything amiss, be sure to secure or remove any loose materials and clear blockages so that further damage isn’t done to your property or (neighbors’ property) once the wind kicks up.
2. Secure Shingles
After inspecting your roof and giving it a thorough once over, secure any weak spots you identify. This may include hammering in loose or missing nails along shingles and caulking shingle edges with roof adhesive. This should be done with as much time before the storm as possible, as the adhesive needs a proper amount of time to bond so that it works to its full potential.
3. Trim Tree Branches
Odds are you have a tree or two or three growing around the perimeter of your home. Depending on the height of said trees, branches may hang against your roof, which can be a serious problem during windstorms. Tree branches can lift shingles, knock out your gutters, damage vents and flashing, and generally make it much easier for attending weather elements such as rain to cause damage and seep into your home. Ensuring tree limbs are trimmed down prior to a windstorm can keep your roof protected and ensure costly repairs are prevented.
4. Inspect Roof Underside in Attic
If you have a gabled roof, a roof that peaks at the center and creates an “A” shape, then there are a few things you should keep an eye out for prior to a storm. Head to your attic to inspect the underside of your roof. Be sure to wear gloves, goggles, and protective clothing, and be careful where you stand. Check to be sure your roof sheathing, which is oftentimes plywood, is properly secured to your roof trusses. If not, you may want to consider reinforcing the structure with nails. Also, check to see if you have truss bracing, horizontal wooden beams that run the length of your roof. If not, you should consider having them installed, as they will serve as horizontal support for your trusses vertical beams.
5. Contact Professionals
Protecting your roof from damaging winds may seem like a daunting task, and if you are uncertain of how to proceed, you should consider calling roofing professionals before taking on such a job yourself. At Tom Byer Roofing Service, we will happily inspect your roof and let you know if it is up to snuff, or if it has weak points a windstorm can penetrate. We can secure shingles or tiles, remove debris and tree branches, clean your gutters, inspect vents, install bracing, and more. Roofing has been our business for over 30 years, so we know exactly what to look for when it comes to protecting your roof from windstorms, and how to repair it, saving you time and money along the way. We also offer free estimates, with no obligation on your part.