Prepare for Strong Winds
Before a storm, you want to “batten down the hatches”, as wind will be the factor that affects your roof the most. This is one of the most important things to take into consideration when preparing for a strong storm. These steps will help ensure your roof isn’t exposed to the elements causing potential leaks.
- When fastening roof decking during a roof replacement, add to its strength by using ring-shank nails.
- Re-cement loose shingles. In high wind, loose shingles will lift and tear away, leaving the roof deck unprotected against moisture.
- Use a self-adhering membrane or roofing tape to seal the roof deck. It minimizes the chance that moisture will get into your attic.
Prepare and Repair or Restore
Have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof for weak areas that can cause issues during a severe storm. Here are some Indicators that an roof repair or restoration is required, grouped according to your roofing system material:
All flashing should be sealed, properly aligned and checked for rust, corrosion or separating. Shingle tabs that are curled or lifted from a poor seal or prior wind damage, or those that have lost their protective granules, need to be replaced or resealed. Your roofing company should also check any vent turbines for proper seal and functionality.
Fasteners, tiles, flashing, ridges and risers must be in working order. Chipped, delaminated, slipping or sliding tiles must be repaired, restored or replaced. Flying tiles can become dangerous projectiles during high force wind.
Metal that buckles, fasteners that are the wrong type or are no longer functional, and unsealed or unseated flashing are signs of problem areas on your metal roofing system.
An emergency roof repair inspection for a flat roof means checking for ponding or pooling water, torn, cracked or broken surfaces, improper or non-functioning fasteners, buckling, poor seals, and overall flashing problems.