Get Your Roof Ready For Tornado Season

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The beginning of the summer is a time of year when occurrences of tornadoes peak in various areas across the country. Tornadoes and high winds can wreak havoc on homes, especially on roofing. If your roof isn't ready for tornado season, and you live in a part of the country frequently hit by tornadoes, your home could be badly damaged later this year. With spring just getting started, now is the time to ensure that your roofing is ready.

Inspect Your Roof

Inspect your roof for signs that it deteriorated over the winter. To start, look inside your home's gutters for large deposits of shingle granules, if you have shingles. It's normal to see a small number of granules in the gutters, but larger deposits could indicate that your shingles are beginning to deteriorate. 

Next, step back away from your roof. Look for discolorations on the roof and areas where the roof no longer looks straight. Depressions in the roofing material are an indication of problems underneath. If you have shingles, look for curling edges, or missing shingle tiles.

Finally, go up into your attic and look for signs of water damage and wood rot. If your attic has been leaking, you'll see dark water spots in the wood and you may see mold or mildew growing in the vicinity. The wood may even feel damp, depending on when your last rain storm or snow melt occurred.

If you see any signs that your roof's shingles are in bad shape, or that your roof has begun to deteriorate, call in a roofing professional for further inspection and potential repairs.

Check the Age

Not all homeowners know how old their roofing is, because roofing can last for decades. However, if you do know the year that your roofing was installed, take some time to do the math and find out the age of your roof. Every type of roofing material has a different life expectancy. While asphalt shingles might last up to 30 years, wooden roofs can last as long as 50 years, if they're properly maintained.

Knowing how long your roof has been in place and what material it's made from can help you determine whether or not your roof is nearing the end of its service life. If your roof is nearing the end of its life expectancy, call in a roofing professional to determine whether or not your roof should be replaced--even if your roof passed the inspection you conducted earlier.

Clean Your Gutters

Once your roof has been inspected and has undergone repairs, the last thing that you'll need to do to prepare for your roof for tornado season is clean out the gutters. Your gutters are a critical part of your home's water drainage system, and thus your gutters protect your roof from water damage. If your gutters are clogged, the strength of your roof could be compromised by leaks.

To clean your gutters, stand on a ladder with a bucket and a trowel. Use the trowel to scoop all leaves and debris from the gutters and into the bucket. Wear protective work gloves during this process.

Following these tips, you should be able to prepare your home's roof for spring. Contact a business, such as Hazelmere Roofing LTD, for more information.