In recent years, extreme weather events have become distressingly frequent. As summer approaches in the United States, heavy rains often accompany the warmer temperatures everyone eagerly anticipates. Unfortunately, excessive rainfall can quickly expose any underlying issues with your roof. So, what can homeowners do to ensure their roof withstands the storm?
DNB Construction LLC has a team of well-equipped and highly-knowledgeable roofing technicians who shared with us a few proactive steps that home and business owners can take to prepare their roofs for heavy rain. By following our guidelines, you can safeguard your roof and minimize potential damage.
Step 1: Clean your gutters
Gutters play a crucial role in diverting water away from your roof during storms. However, clogged gutters can trap water, leading to pooling on the roof that can gradually damage the shingles and wood. Therefore, it’s essential to inspect your gutters and downspouts regularly and remove any debris or blockages that could impede the water flow.
Step 2: Check all nearby trees
Powerful winds and heavy rain pose a significant risk of trees and broken limbs falling onto your roof, causing severe damage. To prevent such accidents, it’s important to assess the health of nearby trees. Safely remove any dead trees, which may require professional assistance. Additionally, ensure that overhanging branches are trimmed before the rainy season commences.
Step 3: Address roof leaks promptly
Addressing minor roof leaks promptly can prevent them from escalating into major problems. Conducting regular inspections is the best way to identify potential leaks before they cause significant damage. Familiarize yourself with the appearance of your roof so that you can quickly spot any changes or issues. While cleaning your gutters, take advantage of the opportunity to closely examine your roof.
Although DNB Construction LLC offers free inspections, there are some initial DIY inspections that you can perform.
- Spot roof leaks in the attic: If your home or building has an attic, this is where water damage will often become apparent first. Look for signs of moisture, mold, or rot, as these indicate the need for roof repairs.
- Check for debris on the roof: Fallen branches, algae, moss, and accumulated leaves can trap moisture and compromise your roof’s integrity. From a safe vantage point on the ground, identify and clear away any debris. Eliminating moss may require special treatments and thorough brushing.
- Inspect shingles for damage: Intact shingles provide the primary defense against leaks, but missing or damaged shingles can allow water to seep through the underlying layers. Over time, sun exposure and attic heat can cause shingles to warp or curl, creating vulnerabilities. If you have a metal roof, also check for holes, lifted fasteners, and signs of corrosion or rust.
- Look beyond the shingles: Flashings, the thin metal materials positioned beneath the shingles, play a critical role in redirecting water away from chimneys, vent pipes, and skylights. Damaged or missing flashings are red flags for potential roof leaks.
Step 4: Create a repair plan
Once you have completed your inspection, develop a plan to address any identified damage before the rainy season arrives. Minor repairs can often be handled independently, but it is crucial to prioritize safety. Roof repairs can be hazardous, so if you are unsure or uncomfortable, consult a professional.
For extensive damage, consider seeking guidance from DNB Construction LLC’s certified roofing engineers who specialize in roof repair. They can provide expert advice and help you navigate the best course of action. The contact number is 301-362-7663.