Roof Storm Damage
Even the smallest and tamest of storms can cause damage to your roof. If let unrepaired, the damage can evolve into larger, more costly issues. Here are a few of the ways that storms can affect your roof:
- Wind - Depending on the severity of the wind, your shingles could lose their granules or even worse entire shingles could be blown off. The granules are important in keeping out water, and if your shingles are gone, your home is no longer protected from the elements. Leaks can occur, which can also lead to damage to the wooden frame. In the event of missing shingles, you'll want to make sure they are repaired or replaced immediately.
- Rain - If you have a brand new roof at the Lake of the Ozarks, you probably don't need to worry about rain alone. However, if your roof has even just slight damage, or is vulnerable due to its age, those issues will only be made worse by rain. Water damage, leaks and wood rot are the most common problems that arise after severe rain hits a roof that's not in tip-top shape.
- Hail - Hail can be especially damaging to many things, including your roof. If you notice damaged plants, dented cars or other signs that the hail storm hit pretty hard, you'll want to have your roof checked out by a professional roofer at the Lake of the Ozarks. Hail can leave dents or pockmarks in your shingles, and can also dislodge the protective granules.
- Flying Debris - While wind and rain might be the actual culprit of debris on your roof, different roofing issues can be the result of debris. A tree branch for example could come down on your roof causing major damage. Another issue you may find, is debris clogging up your gutters. This issue can leave to even more problems from the moisture build up on your roof; that rain water needs somewhere to go and gutters full of debris aren't going to be able to do that job.
Storm Damage Prevention Tips
Here are few things you can do to mitigate storm damage to your roof:
- Repair any minor roof damage now. If you're roof is already damaged, being hit with severe weather is only going to make the problem worse.
- Trim your tree branches back away from the roof. This process will decrease the likelihood of a large branch falling on and puncturing roof, or smaller branches clogging up your gutters.
- Clean out your gutters. Hopefully you already cleaned out your gutters at the beginning of spring, but they should also be cleaned out after every storm. Letting that debris build up in your gutters will not only make them harder to clean, but can lead to other issues.
- Make sure your homeowners insurance policy is up-to-date. If you can't avoid the storm damage completely, make sure your homeowners insurance coverage will take care of any major issues that could arise from severe weather.
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