The roof of your home takes worse treatment than any other part of your home. It has to put up with extreme hot and cold temperatures, rain, snow, heavy winds, and even damaging things like tree limbs falling onto it. The best thing you can do for your roof, your home, and your family is to make sure that the roof is ready to hold its own against Mother Nature each season. Read on to learn how you can be sure that your roof is in good condition and how you can prevent damage from the weather.
Choose a Sturdy Roofing Material for Your Area and Weather
Unless your roof is older and ready for a replacement, you probably won't remove it in favor of a better material. So, keep this advice in mind for the future when you will be replacing your roof.
There are many different roofing materials to choose from and each has specific advantages and disadvantages. A roofing professional can make some recommendations for your area and your home to help you decide the best material. In general, slate, metal, and plastic polymer are considered to be very durable materials that can withstand the wind and offer a long lifespan.
Do a walk-through of your property every season and look for potential problems. You should keep trees trimmed so that the branches won't reach the roof and so that limbs aren't so heavy that they can break and fall. Any dead trees or branches should be removed because the entire tree could land on your home in the right stormy conditions.
Be sure that you inspect your roof, too. You want to look for any damaged parts or missing roofing material and have it taken care of immediately before your roof is really damaged. Any surface bubbling indicates a problem for your roof as well. The flashing on the roof shouldn't show signs of damage, or it won't effectively prevent water from penetrating your roof. Keep in mind, if something doesn't look right, it probably isn't. You can always call in professional roofers to have your roof inspected to be sure.
You may want to consider adding extra insulation material in your attic. In very cold temperatures, your attic can let heat escape to your roof and heat it up. This becomes a problem if there is ice or snow on the roof because it will melt. The melted ice or snow then freezes again and can create a sort of ice dam along your roof that will send water pooling into your home.
As you can see, just a little maintenance and smart choices will really go a long way to help your roof stand up to the harsh weather that comes its way.