9 Tips to Protect Your Roof from Summer Storm Damage
Minimize storm damage with these roof care pro tips
The Texas summer storm season is known for its record rainfalls, powerful winds, damaging hail and even hurricanes. Take steps now to protect your home from summer storms in Hill Country.
Here are 9 ways to prepare your roof for summer storms:
1. Get an annual roof inspection
We recommend an annual roof inspection to address minor damage before it becomes a major hassle and expense. Even small cracks and gaps can collect water or result in leaks. More often than not, you can prevent storm damage with preventive maintenance. Have your roof inspected by a professional before the summer storms begin. Properly maintained roofs are better able to withstand harsh elements. Tomlin Roofing offers free roof inspections and affordable roof repairs in San Antonio, so you can be confident that your family and your property are protected.
2. Reinforce and replace shingles
Loose shingles can easily become dislodged or blow off during strong winds, causing your roof to become exposed and vulnerable. Missing shingles can create holes and gaps on the surface that allow wind to get beneath and potentially shift adjacent shingles. It is much less expensive to replace damaged or missing tiles than to replace an entire roof. Diligent maintenance also reduces the risk of moisture damage. Tomlin Roofing Professionals will reinforce and repair roof shingles and tiles, and we only replace roof tiles when absolutely necessary. Tomlin Roofing Professionals is equipped to handle tiled, shingled, lead and flat roof types.
3. Check for existing roof leaks
Don’t be fooled by a “small leak.” Increased water flow, particularly during a storm, can cause roof leaks to increase in size. Leaks are a serious problem that can compromise the structural integrity of your roof and cause damage to your home’s walls, insulation, electrical wiring and even your foundation. Prevent additional interior damage. Call Tomlin Roofing Professionals to address existing roof leaks before storm season.
4. Trim surrounding trees
Falling trees are relatively common during intense wind and hail storms. Tree branches can also scrape and damage various shingle types, causing the loss of granules or protective coating. Protect your property by maintaining your trees. Remove any dead or weak branches, and trim healthy branches away from your roof and home by six feet. Carefully inspect trees that are close enough to fall on your roof should they become compromised. Before attempting to remove or clear hazardous branches and foliage, please take the proper safety precautions. Remember, your safest bet is to call an insured and licensed roofing professional for assistance.
5. Clean your gutters
Roof valleys and gutters are necessary to direct water off your roof and away from your home’s foundation. Clogged or blocked gutters will cause water to pool on your roof and seep into the shingles, soffit and fascia, and the additional weight could damage the gutters or cause them to tear away from your home. Make sure your gutters are free of leaves, branches or other debris that could block the downspouts. We highly recommend Tomlin Gutter Company to assist with gutter cleaning and repair. Don’t risk your neck on a ladder. Let us do the dirty work for you.
6. Review your insurance policy
Do you know where your insurance policy is located? Does it cover hail damage? Do you have a roof warranty? These are all important questions to review before storm season. Ensure your policy is up to date and does not have any coverage gaps. Check your roof manufacturer’s warranty policy.
7. Prepare for an insurance claim
Even if you take all the necessary precautions, storm damage can still occur. Be prepared and knowledgeable. Before storm season arrives, take an inventory of your home, including photos and videos, should you need to show an adjuster for comparison.
8. Address roof damage immediately
Do not procrastinate. If you see a leak, call Tomlin Roofing Professionals immediately. We can assist with emergency tarping and temporary fixes until the storm has passed. Taking immediate action can strengthen potential insurance claims and protect your property.
9. Assess damage after the storm
A damaged roof can cause a multitude of structural issues. Once the storm has passed, assess your roof’s condition as soon as possible. Look for damage from debris, loose or missing shingles, and excess water. Listen for running or dripping water sounds. If you notice any damage, contact your insurance company immediately, then call Tomlin Roofing Professionals. We will secure your home quickly and efficiently after a storm.
Tomlin Roofing Professionals of San Antonio offer free roof inspections and repair estimates to homeowners affected by summer storms and hail damage. Our team is backed by 30+ years of experience. We work with all insurance companies to quickly repair your roof and resolve your roof damage insurance claims.
Mother Nature can be brutal. Don’t wait until a catastrophe strikes! Call Tomlin Roofing Professionals for a free roof evaluation in New Braunfels before summer storm season arrives. Call 210-267-9400 today or fill out our online contact form. Before or after the storm, you can trust Tomlin Roofing Professionals.