St. Louis is known for severe weather and extreme temperature swings, from below freezing to heat above 100 degrees. These punishing conditions can cause serious damage to your roof. This is why it is so important to get regular inspections. They can ensure that your roof is in good condition and free from anything that can cause further damage.
Here are some of the things you can do to protect your roof:
Keep branches away
Trees should be located at least six feet away from your house. Branches that hang over your roof can scratch its surface. This removes shingle granules and weakens the integrity, which can lead to a leak.
Even if tree branches are not in direct contact with your roofing surface, leaves and other debris can accumulate on the roof. When it rains, these materials can end up in your gutter system and disrupt proper drainage.
Clean your gutters
If possible, install gutter shields to prevent clogged gutters. If this isn’t possible, inspect your gutters every now and then, especially after a storm. Blocked or broken gutters can cause water to flow under roofing shingles and cause additional damage to your home.
Resolve leaks immediately
Once water gets into your home, problems will escalate. Water weakens your property’s foundation and causes mold growth. Moist environments also attract pests and wet wiring can start a fire.
As a homeowner, you can spot water stains on your ceiling or walls and know that your roof is leaking. Even if you don’t see any water damage, it’s always a good idea to schedule regular inspections by a professional roofer.
Inspect your roof following a severe storm
You’ll be able to spot obvious signs of damage like holes and missing shingles. However, more subtle signs of damage like missing shingle granules and small dents may be harder to see. It’s always best to have a professional inspect your roof after severe weather.
If you need help when it comes to roofing protection from bad weather, Absolute Exteriors employees are experts in identifying roof damage and processing insurance claims in Ellisville, Chesterfield, and Ballwin. Give us a call for a free estimate on your roof repair or roof replacement.
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