If extreme weather is approaching your area, you're right to worry about your roof; winds, falling trees, hail, and debris can all damage your roof, and there's not much you can do to avoid them. However, you can take steps to minimize their impact on your roof and the repairs that will be needed later. The most important ways to protect your roof are by making sure it's built strongly in the first place, but it's also important to keep it in good condition and make sure it's ready to stand up to a storm that's about to hit. Here are three ways you can decrease the possibility of roof damage and increase your roof's resistance to the forces of the attacking storm.
1. Inspect flashing
Check every area where your roof should have flashing and make sure it's tight and securely installed (as well as present). Loose flashing can not only be torn loose by winds but can also allow rain to sneak in, creating leaks that can then cause water damage in your home. And flashing that's missing altogether leaves your roof even more vulnerable. Especially check plumbing vent flashing, chimney flashing, drip edge flashing, and valley flashing. If the caulking is old and cracked, you should replace it to reduce the possibility of leakage.
2. Make sure roof and gutters are clear of debris
The storm may deposit all kinds of debris on the roof, but starting out with a roof full of dead leaves isn't going to help either; it'll just make the gutters back up sooner. Make sure the roof is clear and the gutters are well-cleaned before the storm hits so your drainage system has the best chance of continuing to function correctly. Check other components of your roof drainage system as well, such as scuppers, downspouts, strainers, and clamping rings.
3. Reinforce the roof before the storm arrives
Inspect your roof from underneath and replace any nails that aren't doing their job right. In addition to strengthening the roof this way, you can also reinforce its edges with strong adhesive to make them more resistant to wind. Use roofing cement around the edges of shingles on the outside of the roof and on the inside use construction adhesive to secure the roof deck more tightly to the rafters.
These modifications may not be able to save your home from all damage in the event of a monster storm such as a strong hurricane; however, they will reduce the chances of roof damage (or the severity of roof damage if it does occur) and make it less likely that your roof will be damaged badly enough to require replacement. For assistance, talk to a professional like Homestreet Roofing, Inc.