As a Grapevine Roofing Contractor, we see the damages that powerful winds will do to a roof and home often, especially during the spring storm season. Strong winds will hurl debris like tree branches, gravel, rocks, glass, and anything it can pick up with its force. These things are often more destructive than the wind itself. When checking your roof after a large wind event, look for anything that may have hit it and then flew off into the yard.
This is also the perfect time to inspect your gutter system for dents and damaged or missing pieces. Remember, a malfunctioning gutter system can cause much bigger problems like foundation cracks and basement flooding. Gutter protection such as guards or screens is a good way to keep debris from clogging them. Prune your tree branches back at least 10 feet from your roof.
Branches and limbs that are touching your roof can harm the roofing materials when they are blown by the wind. Overhanging branches and limbs that fall onto your roof can have enough force to penetrate it, we have seen it many times! Sometimes though, no matter how much preventative maintenance you do disasters will happen regardless. So always have a plan for the worst-case scenarios such as having a Grapevine Roofer in your contacts list.
What Should You Do?
If your roof has been struck by heavy winds and blowing debris it is important to have it inspected soon after. The longer you delay, it will only get worse. Re-roofing and repair costs are significantly less when you don’t have to factor in other repair bills that a leak can cause. Always completely document all the damages and retain all of your receipts for any work that is performed, including any DIY projects, to ensure full reimbursement if you decide to file a claim. Many policies will cover these expenses but your best option is to go over your policy with your agent.
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