How To Protect Your Roof During A Storm

Posted on: 8 June 2023


Your roof protects your household from outside elements, but what happens when the weather outside gets extreme? Storms are one of the most common causes of damage to roofs, so you should prepare in advance. Learn how to protect your roof during a storm.

Keep Up on Regular Maintenance  

Your roof requires regular maintenance every year or every season, depending on the age of your roof and the weather in your area. Maintenance includes tasks, such as repairing damaged shingles, cleaning the gutters, and keeping nearby trees trimmed. Damaged shingles may allow water to seep through into your home. Cluttered gutters won't guide water away from your home as intended. Untrimmed trees could become broken during a storm and damage your home.

Reinforce Your Roof

You have the option to reinforce your roof and its components to prevent anything from flying away in heavy winds. For example, you can use roofing cement to secure your shingles. You can also use other construction adhesives to reinforce the flashing, rafters, and trusses. If you lose the components of your roof, you'll have to replace them. You should reinforce your roof regularly, depending on the materials you use.

Fill Air Leaks

When you have small cracks in your home, high winds (and high pressure) will enter your home. The high-pressure levels combined with the pressure on the outside of the home can put a strain on the roof, causing it to become loose. If it gets loose, it can eventually fly away. You should find the little cracks in your home and fill them with sealant to keep air outside of the building.

Choose High-End Roofing Material 

The average roof replacement costs $11,500, depending on the size of the roof and the roofing material. When you need to replace your roof, consider spending a little more on high-end materials if you live in an area susceptible to storms.

Upgrade Your Insurance 

Homeowners insurance protects you in case of damage to your home. Every policy is different, so, as a homeowner, it's your responsibility to understand your policy in terms of storm damage. If you don't have adequate storm coverage, as it's not always covered by default, add it to your policy to get the damage covered when the time comes.

If you have experienced damage to your roof as a result of a storm, contact your insurance policy immediately. Next, you'll need to get quotes from roofing companies. 

Speak to a roofer to learn more tips.