Keeping Your Roof In Shape Before, During and After the Storm
The one thing we are familiar with in the northeast is the fact that storms are going to be a part of our lives and our homes. After a storm has passed you may think you are in the clear. This however is not the case. We know another storm will come and because of that we need to ensure that we maintain and prepare ourselves and our homes for the next one. To ensure our homes are protected from passing storms we need to do a thorough check to make sure our homes roof and windows are ready.
Before the Storm
The first thing that you should do is to hire a professional roof contractor to establish a norm for your homes roof. It is better to begin the storm season with a roof that is in top shape. A roofing contractor can access your homes roof and repair areas of weakness before the storm. Repairing areas that are weak will help prevent damage from occurring; if damage occurs during a storm it will less likely be severe because of the preventative maintenance that took place.
After the Storm
Preventing major damage is key when maintaining your homes roof. This is true even after a storm has passed. It is important that you continue to protect and safeguard the roof after each storm has come and gone. The first thing that needs to be done after you are sure that the risk of danger is gone is assess any current damage. See how much damage was done during the storm, if any. If any shingles have been damaged or torn off it is important that roof repairs are performed by a professional roofing contractor. Repairs need to occur before the next storm; it is vital to prevent major damage during the next storm.
If the storm was substantial it is important to look for hidden damage. If you are unable to assess the top of the roof it is crucial to have a roofing contractor out to review the roof for cracks and hidden faults. Immediate action is needed to ensure that the damage doesn’t cause further issues especially for the interior of your home.
Before the Next Storm
Depending on the condition of your roof, the number of patches and repairs that have been done over the years, you may start to consider a full replacement. Shingle roofs last anywhere from fifteen to twenty five years, you can continue to repair a shingle roof but it is crucial to weigh your options. How long will the repairs last verse the expense of a whole new roof? Often times the choice is clear; a new roof is the better option than continuing to spend time and money repairing an old one.