There are many threats to your roof’s structural integrity and beauty, but none is more damaging than Mother Nature. Even if you invested in a durable roofing system, it’s not immune to the effects of extreme weather conditions. While sustained gales, large hailstones, heavy downpours and unrelenting snowfalls may not cause immediate problems, the elements will eventually take their toll on your roof.
To reduce the chances of premature roof replacement, Home Pro Exteriors shares practical pieces of advice to protect your roofing system from weather-related damage:
Prepare for the Rainy Day
Storms are a part of life, but that doesn’t mean their destructive effects are unavoidable. In most cases, leakage due to weather damage doesn’t develop overnight. It’s typically a product of months or years of neglect. Most roof issues start small and are harmless, calling no attention to themselves. But since they don’t fix themselves, they only worsen over time when left unchecked.
Embracing preventive maintenance matters. Get your roof professionally inspected ahead of the year’s harshest season to buy time to tackle roof repair jobs before inclement weather becomes the norm. Timely tune-ups can restore even an old roofing system’s strength, increasing its resistance to weather damage.
Keep Gutters Free-Flowing
Clogged gutters can damage a structural liability. They impair proper drainage, causing the water to overflow or move upward and seep into wooden roof components. If you have towering trees surrounding your home, trimming their overhanging branches should be your priority. During fall, dry foliage can collect and create blockages in the gutter.
Prevent Ice Damming
Ice dams may seem like the most natural thing in the world, but they actually happen because of improper attic ventilation. Heat buildup makes your roof warmer than the eaves, causing the snow to melt at the very top of your roof, only to refreeze upon reaching the overhangs.
Any experienced roofing and siding contractor would attest that ice damming is a structural and safety concern. Thawing icicles can seriously hurt anyone when they suddenly fall.
Boost your roofing system’s weather resistance with Home Pro Exteriors. Call us now at (845) 747-0035 to schedule your free consultation, and talk about your roof maintenance needs in Monroe, NY, or any nearby area.