Preparing your Roofs for High Winds
One of the most common weather occurrences is high winds. Tornados and hurricanes bring them, high winds can also be brought with normal storms or even by themselves. Because of their prevalence, high winds are one of the most common causes of wind roof damage to your property. Your roof, being the first line of defense against the weather, can easily take a beating in high winds. Avoiding damage from the weather can prolong your roof’s life span. So, it’s important to know how to prepare your roof for high winds.
Get a Roof Inspection
One of the best ways to prepare your roof for anything is to make sure you don’t have existing damage. By far, the best way to ensure your roof is in good condition is to get a roofing inspection by a trusted roofer. They’ll be able to safely inspect your roof without doing further damage to it, as well as inspect things you may not know need inspection.
However, there are some signs that can be easily caught by anyone. If you have asphalt shingles you may notice warping or curling of your shingles. Damaged shingles are a tell-tale sign of existing high wind damage. The wind can pull up the edges of the shingles, which can lead to further roofing damage and even water leakage. You can also look for granules from your shingles around your home. You’ll find these granules around the ground near your roof, or in your downspouts. The granules are a sign of deteriorating shingles that need to be replaced.
Importance of Regular Inspections
- Regular inspections help identify pre-existing damages and areas needing attention.
- Professional roofers can safely and thoroughly assess your roof’s condition.
DIY Inspection Tips
- Look for warping or curling in asphalt shingles.
- Check for shingle granules around your home and in downspouts, indicating wear.
Check Surrounding Trees
Another great way to prepare your home for the weather is to take a look at the nearby trees. If you have any branches hanging over your roof, you may want to trim them back. During high winds, the branch may get torn off of the tree. If it’s over your roof it can fall onto your roof, causing major damage. Also, if a tree looks like it’s dying you may want to have it removed. If a tree doesn’t have the strength to hold itself in the ground then high winds may pull it up.
Preventive Tree Trimming
- Trim branches hanging over your roof to prevent damage during high winds.
- Regularly assess the health of trees near your home to avoid uprooting incidents.
Safe Tree Removal
Consider professional removal of dying or weak trees as a preventive measure.
Bring Things Inside: Secure Outdoor Items
Bring anything you have outside inside. Things like lawn ornaments, furniture, and even trash cans can get blown around by high winds. They can slam into things and do damage to them, or simply blow far enough down the road to be lost. Either way, by bringing them inside you’ll save yourself the hassle of anything breaking or disappearing. If you can’t bring something inside, consider securing it to the ground.
Protecting Your Property
- Bring lawn ornaments, furniture, and other movable items indoors.
- Securely anchor items that cannot be moved inside, such as large outdoor structures.
Why Choose Hennessey Roofing?
- At Hennessey Roofing, we offer professional, stress-free roofing services in Colorado Springs.
- Our expertise in inspection and repair ensures your roof is wind-ready.
The best way to prepare for high winds is to get a roofing inspection done. Pre-existing damage can easily escalate to major problems for your home. You can also trim your trees and bring your property inside to try to mitigate any damage to your home. Whether you need a roofing inspection or repair, we believe that Colorado Springs roofing contractors should offer a professional and stress-free service. Hennessey Roofing is an expert at inspecting and repairing roofing and can get started right away. Call us today to schedule your free roof inspection in Colorado Springs