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5 Ways to Protect Your Roof From Storm Damage

Storm season is an unpleasant time of the year for many people. 

Some of this weather can even destroy or damage our roofs. This damage can take even the most attentive property owners by surprise at times.

While no one can completely avoid this storm damage, there are steps people can take to prevent some of it.

From routine roof checks to simple maintenance, here are five things you can do to keep the roofs over your heads.

1. Assess the Condition of Your Roof Early On

The time to be concerned about the condition of your roof is before storm season hits. Waiting until storm season arrives is only going to make any existing problems worse.

You don’t want to spend more than what is necessary because you waited too long to make simple fixes, right?

In any case, there is a pretty generic checklist that can be used to examine the overall condition of your roof. The first order of business should be to look for the obvious things, such as missing tiles or shingles.

You should also be sure to check the condition of the tiles that are still on your roof.

Are they loose or bent? You might want to think about arranging some small fixes if so.

You might also consider evaluating your roof’s condition from the inside of your property. This works best from the attic.

If you find leaks or gaping holes that allow water or air to enter the building, you need to make some fixes before storm season hits.

Be sure to do this type of check at least a couple of times a year. You could do one before winter sets in to make sure that you have no problems up top. If you don’t check your roof before winter, you risk not being able to once the snow and ice pile up.

You might also choose to check up on your roof after winter ends. This is the perfect time to find out how your roof held up during the colder months.

2. Selecting The Proper Products For Roofs

This tip is more geared towards those of you who have some property that isn’t residential. We’d just like to address some mistakes that building owners might make.

Sometimes building owners, for one reason or another, choose residential products for their roofs. This is specifically problematic when residential gutters are chosen for commercial buildings.

So, what’s the problem?

Commercial buildings typically collect more water than their residential cousins.

As a result, a lot more water runs through these gutters. If commercial buildings rely on residential gutters, the water will run all the way to these buildings’ foundations. This will damage them.

Technically, this doesn’t necessarily result in storm damage to your roof. Still, this is a problem that starts on your building’s roof. So, it’s a problem that you’ll need a roofing company to fix.

3. Clean Your Roof As Needed

Many people don’t really know the positive effects that a little spring cleaning can have on their property. Cleaning is more than cosmetic. It can literally save your roof from storm damage.

When cleaning your roofs, start by removing the obvious junk up there (basic maintenance).

If you have tons of foliage or branches lying around on your roof, get rid of them. Every bit of garbage that builds up on your roof makes it heavier.

When your roof gets too heavy, it becomes easier for certain sections to cave in.

Clearing your roof is also a matter of preventing drains from getting clogged. During the winter months, snow and ice can cause problems like this.

Your gutters should also be cleaned. They play a vital part in proper drainage. Without properly functioning gutters, your roof is much more likely to develop a leak.

4. Repair Damage Quickly

Repairing damage quickly is the name of the game.

That said, storm season or not, you should get to repairing any damage you can identify as soon as you see it.

Don’t wait until you absolutely must get the repair done. You might think that it’s okay to sit on the damage for a while. However, ignored issues make it easier for your roof to suffer storm damage when the weather gets bad.

Got a hole or a leak in your roof? Need new gutters? Then, please, repair this damage as soon as possible. You’ll probably end up paying more in the long run if you don’t.

5. Call In The Pros

Trust us when we say that we’re coming from a good place when we tell you to call in the professionals.

There are plenty of doable DIY fixes, but sometimes you just need someone who is extremely qualified to do the job.

We know that some of you want to hold on to your money, and we get it. That doesn’t change the fact that you pay professionals for a reason. They know what they’re doing, and they’re usually pretty good at it.

Professional roofers know all about fixing problems with gutters and doing roof replacements. Not only that, but they’re also excellent at uncovering hidden problems. These are issues you might never have been able to identify without their help.

Further still, your roof is not a place to attempt DIY fixes. Roofs are not cheap. So, there is no reason to undervalue your roof so much that you turn into a personal project.

Stay One Step Ahead of Storm Damage

The weather is unpredictable.

So, it’s impossible to always stay ahead of any damage that it might cause to your roof. Even if you can’t stay ahead, though, it’s nice to be prepared at the very least.

Preparedness is what we excel at here at Davis Contracting. We specialize in repairing roofs, windows, and siding. We’ve been doing so for more than 15 years now.

That said, if you’d like to get your estimate or home inspection, don’t forget to fill out our contact form. We’ll be in touch soon after you do.

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How to Avoid Roof Damage in Greenville SC

Roof damage, no matter how slight or severe, is inevitable. At some point as a homeowner, you’ll encounter problems with your home’s roof. You may be asking yourself, “So, what can I do to prevent roof damage? How can I make my roof last for as long as possible?”

We’re here to answer just that!

The constant sunny weather and lack of snow in South Carolina may make it seem like the homeowners here have it easy.

But did you know that Greenville gets around 50 inches of rain per year? That’s higher than the national average. It means that Greenville homeowners are especially susceptible to storm damage

Roofs are integral to the safety and foundation of our homes. In this article, we’re going to talk about how South Carolina homeowners can avoid roof damage. Don’t let your roof succumb to short-term and long-term damage!

1. Keep Your Gutters Clean

Gutters drain rainwater away from your home. For them to do their job, they need to be properly cleaned from time to time.

When gutters clog with leaves and debris, excess rainwater can accumulate on the roof. This can cause serious problems. You could be dealing with leaks and damage to the interior and exterior of a home.

Clogged debris pose as fire hazards, as well. It can also weaken the foundation of a house. It can even cause roofs to collapse completely. Repairing roof damage can cost thousands of dollars. Serious problems like roof collapses can exceed tens of thousands of dollars.

Clogged gutters also attract pests, rodents, and insects. They can lead to mold and spore growth. This can be a serious health hazard to your family. 

How often should you clean your gutters?

It depends on how many trees are in your yard. Yards with more trees means that more leaves and debris can wind up in your gutters.

The most important time of year to keep an eye on your gutters is in the fall and spring. However, they can still clog in the winter.

Since it doesn’t snow that often in Greenville, clogged gutters aren’t much of a threat in the winter. But it’s still a good idea to check them from time to time during the cold months.

Cleaning gutters is a task most homeowners can do themselves.

But the job can be dangerous if gutters are located high up. It can also be dangerous if your yard isn’t level. Without a sturdy ladder, you won’t be able to clean your gutters alone.

That’s where a professional comes in. They can clean your gutters and check their durability for a reasonable price.

2. Trim Your Trees

As we mentioned, leaves and tree debris are the main cause of clogged gutters. Homeowners with many trees in their yard have to especially stay on top of their gutters.

But excess trees in a yard can cause other roof damage. During high winds, branches can fly off and hit your roof. They can loosen the shingles or tiles off your roof. They can also damage other areas of your home.

Though it’s not common in Greenville, frost can accumulate during the winter. When this happens, tree branches are at a greater risk of falling onto your roof.

To prevent roof damage caused by tree branches, it’s important to trim your trees. This is easier for shorter and smaller trees. But it can be more difficult without a sturdy ladder or level ground.

3. Check for Roof Damage

From time to time, you should grab your ladder and check your roof for damage. Again, this will be difficult without a strong or tall enough ladder. However, it’s important to do.

Check your roof 2-3 times per year. The best time to check your roof is after a thunderstorm or windstorm. It’s crucial to check it before and after hurricane season.

When you go up on your roof, check it for damaged shingles or tiles. Also, look for missing shingles or missing gravel. Replace any damaged/worn out shingles or tiles.

If the nails on your shingles are loose or improperly installed, they can cause damage to your roof. They can also fly off and cause damage to other areas of your house.

Additionally, check for surface bubbles, blisters, or cracks on flat roofs. Trapped moisture or air can cause these, and excess sunlight can exacerbate them.

You should also check the flashing of your roof. The flashing is important because it directs the flow of water away from openings into the house. It needs to be in good condition so that water flows away from the house.

Fixing roof damage like blisters or cracks can be challenging if you don’t know how to. It requires cutting away the damage and applying layers of new membrane material to the area.

The worst thing you can do is to ignore existing damage. Eventually, the damage will become so bad that you’ll need the help of a professional. You can end up spending thousands of dollars to repair the damage or install a new roof entirely.

4. Ventilate & Insulate Your Attic

A vented attic in any climate is necessary. But in South Carolina, a vented attic can be the best thing for your home during the hot summer.

A vented attic forces hot air out of the attic and helps cool it down. In turn, it helps keep the rest of your home cooler and puts less strain on your air conditioner.

Though it doesn’t snow often in South Carolina, it’s a good idea to ventilate and insulate your attic.

Because it rains so much, an insulated attic can expel moisture and excess heat. It won’t release so much heat that it will cause frost or snow to melt and cause water leaks. But insulation will prevent ice dams from forming on the roof altogether.

Poor ventilation can also further damage to loose shingles. During high winds, poorly-ventilated roofs loosen shingles.

Talk to a professional roofer about whether you need to install better insulation. Depending on how old your house is, your insulation or ventilation system may need to be replaced. In any case, a professional roofer can determine the next best course of action.

Avoid & Prevent Damage to Your Roof Year-Round!

By keeping your gutters clean, trees trimmed, and your roof in good shape, you can avoid damage to your roof.

While you can do your part, sometimes you can’t control damage on your roof. In an area that’s as susceptible to storm damage as Greenville, serious roof damage is a common problem. 

Not sure if your roof needs professional care and repair? Contact Davis Contracting for your free estimate today!