Summer Storms are Here
The wonderful, awesome summer is finally here after a long, hard winter. But so are the hazards of severe summer storms. Whether it’s severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, or hailstorms, make sure your family’s safety is number one.
These storms can wreck havoc on your home. Especially your roof. The three main hazards of these violent storms are:
Summer storms are classified as severe if wind speeds exceed 58 mph. Since most roofs carry a wind resistance rating of 60 mph, it does not have to increase to the wind speeds of a tornado for damage to occur. After such a storm, you need to check for:
- Cracked or damaged shingles
- Missing shingles
- Damage to the shingle seals
- Torn or wet insulation
- Cracked, damaged, or fallen tree limbs
You can check for damage from the ground, in your attic, from a ladder, or looking through binoculars. But, remember: safety first. If there is damage, actually climbing and walking on your roof may not only be very dangerous, it may also cause more damage.
Hail can develop during severe summer storms. When hailstones reach about an inch in diameter, they can cause dents and cracks to your shingles and even cause them to dislodge. Just as after strong winds, you need to check for noticeable damage that could cause further harm down the road.
Heavy amounts of rain can cause damage by working its way under your shingles and eating away at the underlayment. Even a small amount of water can enlarge smaller cracks that may have existed before the storm and lead to more serious and permanent damage or problems such as leaks or even foundation cracks.
Although serious damage during one of these severe summer storms may be inescapable, you can prevent or prepare your roof by planning ahead and following some key steps:
- Check for loose, curled, or missing shingles.
- Trim any dead limbs or hanging branches near or over your roof.
- Examine the caulking and weather stripping around and under your roof wherever two walls or the walls and the roof come together.
- Make sure your gutters are free from leaves or other debris that make cause clogs or prevents water from flowing freely through them.
- Have regular roof inspections.
Your roof covers your home in more ways than one. It not only protects your investment, it also protects you and your family. That, alone, is reason enough to make sure your roof is properly maintained.