Summer is almost here. If you live in a region that experiences high winds or torrential rains during the summer, it's time to get your roof ready for the onslaught. High winds and heavy rains can wreak havoc on your asphalt shingles, especially if you don't take some precautions to protect them. Before the summer weather arrives, here are four steps you can take to make sure your roof survives the storms.
Remove Loose Branches
When it comes to getting your roof ready for summer storms, you might not think much about the trees in your yard, but you should. Loose branches can break free and destroy your roof. Not only that, but the constant brushing back and forth against your roof can damage your shingles. Before the winds arrive, take the time to remove all the loose branches from your trees, especially the ones that are growing near your home.
Clean the Rain Gutters
Rain gutters are often the first line of defense against water damage for your roof. If the gutters are clogged with dirt and debris, they can't do their job properly. Instead, the gutters will fill up, and the overflowing water will seep under the edges of your shingles, causing them to loosen. The excess water can also lead to mold growth, which can be detrimental to your shingles, and your home. Before the torrential rains arrive, be sure to clean out your gutters. You can remove the large debris, such as leaves and birds nests, using a small whisk broom. Once the large debris is removed, use your garden hose to flush the dirt through to the downspout.
Secure Loose Shingles
High winds can blow shingles right off your roof. If you've got loose shingles, the wind can remove entire sections from your roof. The last thing you want to do is replace your roof each time the wind blows. To keep your shingles where they belong, make sure they're all secure before the winds arrive. If you find loose shingles, secure them by applying a layer of roofing glue to the underside of the shingles. You can reinforce the shingles by placing several roofing nails along the edges of your loose shingles.
Seal Roof-Top Vents and Skylights
You might not realize this, but if your skylights, or roof-top vents aren't properly sealed, water can seep under the edges and damage your shingles. Before you're hit with your first summer rainstorm, make sure your vents and skylights are adequately sealed. To keep the water out, apply a fresh strip of waterproof caulking along the edges of your vents and skylights.
Don't let summer storms ruin your roof. The tips provided here will help you protect your roof from summer storm damage. Talk to a roofing contractor near you (think Select Exteriors) for other tips on how to storm-proof your roof.