Spring typically brings the most violent storms of the year in North Texas, but fall isn’t far behind. The hurricanes and tropical storms coming up through the Texas Gulf can result in serious local storms. That’s why I recommend protecting your roof from storm damage.
Some of you may think, “Hang on a minute, Jeff! How am I supposed to protect my roof? Put a giant waterproof tarp over my entire house? Cover my roof with quilts?” No. But there are things you can do before the storm to ensure your roof is in the best shape possible to weather a severe storm.
Make needed repairs
Roof problems don’t fix themselves. Loose shingles only get more loose, small holes don’t shrink, and it’s only a matter of time before small leaks become big issues. Storms tend to accelerate these problems. I recommend homeowners visually inspect their roofs on a regular basis. If you’re not comfortable getting on a ladder, walk around your home and use binoculars. If you see something that looks wrong, contact us for a professional inspection.
Clear those gutters
A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks, dirt and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior and exterior of your home. Gutters are designed to carry water safely away from vulnerable parts of your house, so make sure they can do their job effectively before the next downpour happens.
If you have trees hanging over your home or coming close to the sides of the structure, make sure they’re cut back. Branches should not be within six feet of your house. In high winds, they act like whips, slicing, scraping and beating your roof system. Having trees covering your roof helps protect your roof from absorbing the summer heat but you need to be diligent about keeping them away from the roof surface.
No ladder or physical effort required for this one. Simply pick up the phone and call your insurance agent before the next big storm. Make sure your homeowner’s policy is up to date and that you have no coverage gaps.
Unfortunately, storms come with whatever force and destruction they can muster. Making sure your roof is healthy when they do is the best possible strategy to protect your home. At Peak Roofing & Construction we provide free estimates to help you ensure your roof is in the best shape possible.
About Peak Roofing & Construction
Peak Roofing & Construction is family-owned, with 30-years of experience. Bonded, insured and accredited, we provide roofing, gutter, fence, window and exterior facelift services. Guaranteed. Call (972) 335-7325 in Dallas-Fort Worth (residential & commercial) including Plano, Melissa, and Lantana.