How to Prepare Your Roof for Spring Storms

After a winter of freeze cycles, your roof may have suffered unseen damage. Before the spring storms roll in, take time to thoroughly inspect the roof and make repairs as needed. Proactive maintenance keeps your roof watertight, preventing leaks, interior damage, and costly repairs later on. A well-cared-for roof withstands heavy rains. You can use the following ways to prepare your roof so that you’re ready when storms arrive.

Clear Your Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutters spell trouble. Debris fills them up, and water can’t drain, overflowing and causing rot, mold, and foundation damage. Gutter cleaning can be a headache for homeowners. At Warren Thompson & Son Roofing & Siding, we make this important job easy. Our professionals tackle the task with commercial-grade tools to power through debris, clear clogs, and leave your gutters flowing freely.

We also check downspouts and snake-out blockages so that water drains optimally. We ensure downspouts direct water safely away from your foundation, installing diverters as needed. Proper drainage prevents moisture damage to your roof and home exterior down the line. Trust our experience to maintain your gutters expertly and avoid the hassle yourself. We handle the messy work, so you have one less thing to worry about. Leave the gutter cleaning to us and enjoy added peace of mind.

Trim Overhanging Tree Branches

Storms can turn those overgrown trees into roof hazards. Before things get gusty, walk the perimeter and check for branches extending too close to the roof. Anything cracked, rotting, or generally precarious has to go.

Trimming back overgrown trees is important for roof protection but can be challenging for homeowners. At Warren Thompson & Son Roofing & Siding, our certified arborists have the skills and equipment to handle this effectively. We use commercial-grade pole pruners to trim back branches, creating a 10-foot clearance zone from your roof perimeter.

We identify and remove any dead or dying limbs that pose a hazard in storms. With our comprehensive understanding of tree health, we strategically trim to balance your roof safety and the well-being of your trees. Keeping trees managed is like insurance; it prevents costly roof damage from falling limbs. It improves roof function by allowing better sunlight exposure.

Replace Any Loose or Missing Shingles

Loose or missing shingles can spell trouble when storms hit. At Warren Thompson & Son Roofing & Siding, our roofing technicians have the expertise to identify and properly replace any compromised shingles. We thoroughly inspect your roof and use pry bars to test for any loose shingles. We re-secure any intact shingles with roofing cement applied under the corners.

For any damaged or missing shingles, we source high-quality replacements that closely match your existing roof. With care, we lift the overlapping shingle tabs to slide new shingles into place, nailing them securely.

Fixing shingles prevents further damage. But if replaced shingles look way more weathered than the rest, the whole roof may need replacement to stay protective. Consult us to assess the condition and remaining life.

Check and Repair Roof Flashing

Flashing seals those vulnerable spots where chimneys, vents, and valleys meet the roof. But it can crack and lift over time, allowing leaks. A flashing check-up should be part of your pre-storm prep.

When we check out your roof flashing, we’ll look closely for any cracking, buckling, gaps, or other signs that the seal is starting to break down. We pay extra attention to areas like vents and pipes poking through those spots. One way we can check is to gently lift the edges of the flashing with a utility knife just to peek underneath.

If we see moisture or light getting in, that’s a red flag the seal’s not working like it should. If we find any pieces that look doubtful, we can reseal them by pressing the flashing back tight and using a top-notch roofing sealant made for the job.

If the flashing’s too far gone, we’ll take it out completely and put in new flashing, nailing it down nice and tight with the edges overlapped correctly. Our roofers know exactly how to fix or replace your flashing so you don’t have to lose sleep over possible leaks. You can count on us to do it right.

Proper flashing keeps out wind-driven rain, preventing damage like a protective barrier along the roof’s weak points. Take time to reinforce this critical defense against storms. A few strategic repairs maintain flashing integrity. Don’t wait until leaks sprout; just be proactive. Watertight flashing equals a watertight roof when heavy rains arrive.

Reinforce Your Attic Insulation

Adequate attic insulation protects your roof from ice dams and moisture issues. Heat loss through thin insulation makes snow melt on the roof. The water then refreezes at the cold eaves, causing ice buildup and water backup under shingles.

Take a look at how much insulation you currently have in your attic and check its R-value rating. For cold area homes, you’ll want R-38 to R-60, which is usually about 10-14 inches thick. If it’s less than that, adding more unfaced batts or loose-fill insulation can help get you into the recommended range while still letting moisture escape. We don’t advise using vapor barriers that can trap moisture; ventilation is key. We may also suggest increasing the soffit and ridge vents to improve air circulation up there.

Every attic is different, so have one of our insulation pros check out your space. We’ll recommend the best type of insulation and make sure it’s installed properly to maximize energy savings and comfort. With a custom plan, we can get your attic insulated right. Don’t let heat escape and wreak havoc. Reinforce that attic insulation before winter returns. Keep your roof ready to withstand anything the storms bring. Stay cozy and protected from the elements with a well-insulated attic. It’s one of the best things you can do to prepare your home for next winter.

Install Impact-Resistant Shingles

For maximum protection against storms, consider upgrading to impact-resistant architectural shingles. These shingles have fiberglass backing to withstand hail, falling branches, and high winds better.

Impact-resistant shingles are more durable and long-lasting than standard 3-tab shingles. They come in earth-tone colors to complement any home. First, have your current roof assessed. If it’s near the end of its life, replacement with impact-resistant shingles is smart. Consult us on the best options. Yes, they cost more than typical shingles, but the investment pays off in enhanced protection and fewer repairs later. Properly installed, these fortified shingles can weather storms for decades.

Upgrading to impact-resistant shingles before storm season is a savvy move, providing immediate and long-term strength. Protect your most valuable asset, your home, with the powerful armor of reinforced shingles. They’ll withstand whatever force the elements unleash now and for years to come. Your roof and peace of mind will thank you.

Schedule Professional Roof Maintenance

At Warren Thompson & Son Roofing & Siding, we’ve been expertly protecting local homes for many years. We also offer roof replacement, gutters, and siding along with commercial roof services. Reach out and schedule your spring roof check-up today and storm damage repair. Let our experience safeguard your roof and deliver peace of mind when the winds kick up.

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