It is not new news that the Lowcountry is susceptible to heavy thunderstorms and hurricanes. This summer has seen a heavy amount of rain. The Atlantic has recently had its first activity of tropical storms and hurricanes since hurricane season began. As we are getting into the prime of hurricane season, it is important to make sure that your roof is safe and intact from any potential damage. Find out tips on what you need to do if your roof is the victim of storm damage.
Tips to Temporarily Protect Your Roof
If storm damage occurs there are ways to temporarily protect your roof from further damage. Damage that is caused by weather is one of the most serious things that can happen to your roof.
Being proactive in checking your roof versus procrastinating can make the repair process easier, faster, and spare you any potential future inconveniences. Once you asses your roof and find damage the next step is to contact your insurance provider and trusted roof contractor. When contacting your insurance company be sure to properly document your roof’s damage and submit your claim with them as soon as possible.
In the meantime, while you are waiting for your roof contractor to come out you need to temporarily protect your roof from any more potential rain and damage. The number one way to protect against any more damage on your roof is using a tarp.
Make sure you move around any dislocated singles to prevent leaks and protect your house. If the damage is not too severe you can cover the cracks with roofing cement or buy additional shingles and install them on spots where they are missing. Using a metal sheet to cover the missing shingles is another option for a temporary measure.
Different types of Damage Caused by Storms
Protect yourself from any potential tree damage though by monitoring the trees around your property. If any trees look weak or unhealthy consider removing them as soon as possible.
Wind and Water Damage
When wind exceeds 55 mph your roof becomes prone to wind damage. Keep in mind that a Category 1 hurricane is 74-95 mph.
Lightning striking can severely damage your roof, even by causing a fire.