There are some things in life you simply can’t prepare for.
Storms aren’t one of them.
Living in the 21st century, we have the tools and resources to gear up for some of the greatest (and most absurd) calamities that the human mind can possibly conceive: climate change, extinction, the zombie apocalypse, you name it!
With a renewed focus on survival and progress, we’re investing in new technologies to not only delay the onset of dramatic changes, but prepare to confront them—come what may.
It is with this solution-oriented spirit that homeowners are now delving into new and innovative ways to maintain their homes in the face of extreme weather.
Enter: storm-proofing—smart techniques to combat storm damage.
If you live in a location that is prone to frequent hurricanes, you probably know a thing or two already about storm-proofing your house.
Unfortunately, however, not many people know how to prevent serious roof damage caused by a ruthless storm—having no choice but to invest in costly roof replacement.
Braving the Storm
When it comes to stormy weather, we all know better than to go outside. While there’s a lot you can do to protect certain parts of your home, we tend to neglect the one element that keeps us sheltered from the wrath of Mother Nature.
Today, we have the luxury of predicting the possibility of a storm. Why not use this information to your advantage and act in advance to avoid spending a fortune later?
Here are a few simple things you can do to help your roof handle Nature’s mood swings:
1. Minimize wind damage.
Contrary to popular opinion, there’s plenty you can do to keep the strong winds of a storm from completely annihilating your roof. And it all begins with identifying areas that are likely to bear the brunt of extreme weather.
Depending on the type of roof you have, you could install metal clips to add structural support to the roof and connecting walls. An experienced roofing technician can also strengthen your roof by:
- Evaluating the spacing of the nails—making sure that the roof deck is secured properly (not stapled) to the rafters.
- Inspecting the attic, if you have one, to identify gapsthat may otherwise create a pathway for water or wind.
- Using a caulking gun to line the side of your shingles with roofing cement to seal it tight.
2. Maintain your roof.
There’s a lot more to roof maintenance than detecting missing shingles.
In fact, one of the primary reasons for severe roof damage is that homeowners aren’t sure what to look for—associating the wreckage entirely with the storm alone.
Maintaining your roof prior to a severe storm can help retain its strength in the worst of times, preventing significant structural damage and avoiding expensive replacement.
Ultimately, the devil’s in the details—which is why it pays to hire professional roofing contractors in Dallas TX to detect parts of your roof that are susceptible to wear and tear, and take pre-emptive action for a sustainable solution.
When it comes to storms, invest in a reliable Arlington TX roofing company that can give you the confidence to endure the harshest of weather.
Call us at (972) 895-7997 and make sure your roof and finances aren’t gone with the wind!