Roofing systems are more likely than not to suffer some form of damage after an extreme weather event. In particular, commercial roofing systems are more prone to leaks due to their low slope. Luckily, taking a few precautions can help mitigate and even prevent storm damage.
Trim Overhanging Tree Branches
The damage done by gale-force winds is exacerbated by the debris they carry. In particular, you should pay attention to the trees surrounding your property. Winds can easily knock these branches down and cause damage to your roof. Trim them before they do any damage.
Keep Your Gutters Free of Foliage and Leaks
Another problem on a property with lots of trees is clogged gutters. Foliage and all sorts of debris can clog your gutters. In a heavy downpour, it’ll only take a few minutes for rainwater to spill over onto your roof and siding. Keeping your gutters clean can reduce the risk of water damage to your roof and siding.
It would also be a good idea to check your gutters for any leaks. Rust may have eaten away parts of your gutters, creating holes. Given the increasingly erratic weather, leaky gutters should be replaced as soon as possible.
Document the State of Your Property
If you have insurance, include documenting the current state of your property in your pre-storm preparations. This way, you have proof of the damage that was done.
Fix Signs of Roof Damage as Soon as Possible
Pictures of your house before the storm can help insurance companies identify damage caused by the storm. Once you find any leaks or other signs of damage, have a contractor conduct emergency leaking roof repair work as soon as possible. Remember, insurance companies will only cover initial storm damage, not damage stemming from the failure to mitigate its spread.
Keep in mind that it’s easy to miss the subtler signs of roof damage. To make sure your roof is inspected thoroughly, only hire experienced contractors.
Exterior Building Solutions, a contractor with more than two decades’ worth of experience, offers storm damage repair and roofing maintenance services. To get a free estimate, call us at (314) 729-7663, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Arnold, MO.