April showers may bring May flowers, but residential roof repair specialists also bring in many new clients. Unfortunately, for Farha Roofing’s Kansas and Colorado clients, spring storms are just part of the price we pay to live in these two great states. Longtime residents of this region know that while the storms may be over quickly, they are mighty powerful, bringing hail, wind, and even tornados to the area.
In order to protect your home from the inevitable storms headed our way. The residential roof repair experts on our team have put together a guide to help you navigate the steps you need to take both before and after storms. Keep reading below to learn more!
Before the Storm
Inspect your roof
The best way to protect your roof and home from future damage is to go into the season with a structurally sound roof. This means that before spring storm season hits, it is important that you have a residential roof repair expert inspect your roof for any existing damage. If they find any, authorize them to begin repairs immediately to mitigate further damage.
Clean your gutters and drainpipes
Clogged guttering and drainpipes can cause the rain from spring storms to become trapped on your roof, unable to drain properly through your gutters. When water becomes trapped it can cause severe damage to your roof and shingles. The water may also begin to spill down the sides of your home, causing water damage on your ceiling and in your walls. This risk is easily mitigated by working with a residential roof repair and guttering expert to clean out all debris.
Trim overhanging tree limbs
Overhanging tree limbs can become a major hazard during spring storms. Strong gusts of wind can cause the branch to snap off of the tree. When the limb is hanging over your roof, where do you think it lands? On top of your roof! And when it lands it is likely going to puncture a hole or two in your shingles.
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After the Storm
Inspect your roof (yes, again!)
After a major storm and at the end of storm season, you absolutely must have a residential roof repair expert come inspect your property once again. It is important to know whether or not your roof sustained any damage, such as hail damage, missing or broken shingles, and clogged guttering. A specialist will be able to conduct a thorough inspection and let you know if they find any damage.
Don’t DIY any repairs
DIY is great for many things, but roof repairs are best left to a residential roof repair professional. Many things can go wrong when you try to DIY roof repairs, including injury to yourself. Stay safe and keep both feet on the ground!
Call your insurance agent
When your property has sustained damage in a storm, you will want to immediately call your insurance agent. They will be able to help walk you through the process and ensure you receive the coverage you need to complete the repairs or replacement.
Take action on necessary repairs immediately
Ignoring roofing damage will not make the problem go away, it will just make it a more costly and extensive fix in the long run. If your residential roof repair specialist tells you that you need work done, remember that they are the professionals and that you should trust their advice!
Spring storms and the damage they bring are an inconvenience we all must deal with. While it can be a bit of a headache, following the steps above will help make the process a bit easier for you.
As we head into this stormy season, the Farha team is here for you. Give our team a call at any time to schedule your pre or post-storm inspections!