Preparing Your Roof for Summer Storms

Stormy weather has always been a part of summer, but for many people, those storms can do a lot of damage to their roof. Instead of waiting for this season’s storms to damage your home, take these steps to get ready.

Remove debris. During the winter, odds are good that dead leaves and sticks collected on your roof. Now is the time to remove all of this. Hire a roof cleaner if you don’t want to get up there yourself. Debris can stress your roof and create small holes in the shingles for water to seep through.

Clean your roof. While you remove debris, also consider power washing your roof. This will remove a lot of sand and algae that can grow in between your shingles. While you may not be able to see this grime, over time it can create large holes and weak spots in your roof, eventually costing your thousands of dollars to repair or replace.

Check for cracks and leaks. Pay a lot of attention to joints and areas around the flashing. Any place where your roofing materials change is more prone to damage from material expansion and contraction. If you have small leaks and other issues, take care of them now before they become bigger problems. Small roof issues are a lot cheaper to fix than large ones.

Clean your gutters. Cleaning out your gutters will ensure that water and debris drain away properly. This can save you a lot of hassle later on as gutters will collect rainwater and drain it away from the house. If your roof doesn’t have gutters, consider having them installed.

If you need to consult with a roofing contractor about your roof, contact the experts at Paramount Building today!