3 Simple Tips to Get Your Roof Ready For Storm Season
Updated: Mar 26, 2020
On March 19, 2020 the length of the day and night was equal to nearly all parts of the world. It was the Vernal Equinox. The first day of Spring!
This Spring came very early. In fact, this is the earliest Spring in over a hundred years!
"Um, Mr. Your Roofologist, why are we talking about the Spring Equinox?!"
Because the next three months are the most hostile weather months of the year!
The next three months are going to be hell for your roof.
If you have lived in North Texas for any length of time you know our storms can be merciless. On the first day of Spring, the North Texas Weather Service in Fort Worth confirmed tornadoes touching down in North Texas counties.
As a consumer protection advocate for the roofing industry and an RCAT Licensed Roofer, it is my job to inform, educate, and protect North Texans in all matters related to the roof on top of their homes.
Now that Spring in full swing it is time to start making sure your home endured the winter unscathed, and this includes your roof.
Here are 3 tips to prep your roof for unpredictable Texas Springtime weather:
Tip number 1. Clean leaves out of the gutter.
Your home’s gutters protect the foundation, prevent erosion, protect landscaping, and limit mold growing on your home. Gutters allow water to drain away from your home and keep water from pooling near sensitive areas that could lead to costly repairs. Leaves collect in gutters clogging up the drainage systems. It is best practice to clean them at the beginning of the year.
Tip number 2. Trim the tree branches.
Texas Springtime winds are chaotic during spring months. Heavy wind gusts can take a serious toll on the trees around your home. Due to the preceding winter month tree branches die or just have not gotten their strength back yet. Taking the time now to inspect your trees and remove any branches that could be problematic or dangerous if they were to come down during a storm with high winds might just save the day...and you a lot of money.
Tip number 3. Walk-thru of the attic.
Another important task you can do to ensure your roof is prepared for spring is to check the attic. By going walking around the inside of your attic, you can get a decent look int the condition of your roof. Be on the lookout for signs that water has been getting inside your home. This can include streaking paint or wet insulation, among other things.
*Bonus tip: Pests like to make your attic home during the winter. While conducting a walk-thru of your attic, check the lumber and insulation for chew marks and small holes. Also, be aware of rodent droppings. Check out my Vlog on how to “Pest Proof the Roof” where you will see just how easily a rodent can chew a hole in your home's siding.
Alright, guys and gals, that is all I have. I hope this blog has helped someone today. Thank you so much for reading and for giving me your time.
Stayed tuned for many more videos, blogs, helpful roofing tips, and possibly Podcasts to come.
“Don't forget, the strongest part of your home is what is inside it."
Mike Eyman, Your Roofologist
Your Roofologist recommended:
"If you would like to know about storm safety I recommend you visit Texas Storm Chasers. They have been tracking storms in Texas since 2009 and are a reliable source for weather-related information."
"Stay informed and stay aware of this storm season. Follow NOAA's National Weather Service to keep up to date on severe weather this spring." "For a live interactive radar, storm watches and warnings, hourly forecasts, a 10-day outlook, closings and more -- I recommend FOX 4's free weather app."
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