When your state gets affected by a storm, it brings about extreme changes in the weather conditions such as heavy rains and strong winds. Even though your composite shingle roof is known for its durability, there are very high chances of it getting damaged due to wind and infiltration of water. It is best to take preventive measures, rather than letting storms wreak havoc on your composite shingle roof. Here are five tips which will help protect your roof against severe weather conditions:
Check the condition of roof shingles
During storms, winds will be going at 58 mph or higher. If there are curled up, cracked, or missing composite shingles on your roof, its integrity gets compromised. Rather than letting the situation escalate and get out of hand, you must check the condition of your composite shingles before any storm hits your state.
Avoid climbing on top of your roof as you don’t have the right training. If you have a tall ladder, get on top it to check the status of your roof shingles. If you are not comfortable in climbing a ladder, you can use a pair of binoculars to check the condition of the shingles.
Inspect the chimney, skylights, and vents
Although the chimney and skylights add character to your composite shingle roof, they are quite vulnerable to storms due to improper installation or damaged materials. Try to take a look at the flashing on the chimney and skylights, to see if they are intact. Even if there are small cracks, they will allow water to get inside, damaging your entire household over time. Also, check the condition of the sealant used on the vents and skylights. If it is peeling or cracked, replace the sealant immediately.
Keep the gutters clean
When your gutters get clogged, it doesn’t allow the water from the storm to drain through the downspouts. Due to this reason, the gutter will start to accumulate water, allowing it settle on the composite shingle roof and cause damage. Also, the gutter gets destroyed due to the excess weight of water. Always clean the gutters before any storm so that it gets rid of all the water from the roof.
Trim overhanging trees
Although trees are great for your landscape, you should keep an eye on those with overhanging branches, especially near your composite shingle roof. As storms have powerful winds, these overhanging branches can break off and land on the roof, damaging the shingles. Make sure that you trim all overhanging trees to safeguard your roof against accidental damage.
These are the four tips which will help protect your roof against storms. If you notice any problems with your composite shingle roof during inspection, contact Prodigy Roofing & Construction immediately. Our professional contractors will inspect, diagnose, and give you the total cost of repair, within 30 minutes of our arrival, free of charge!