When a major storm is headed your way, it’s important to take precautions to ensure the safety of your family and property. One of the most important things you can do is check your roof to see if it will withstand high winds. In this blog post, we will discuss how to tell if your roof will survive a wind storm. We’ll also provide tips on how to reinforce your roof if necessary.
Inspecting Your Shingles
The most important factor in determining whether your roof will withstand a high wind storm is the type of roofing material. Most asphalt shingles can withstand high winds , but you should check with your roofing contractor to be sure
If your roofing material is not rated for high winds, there are things you can do to reinforce it. One option is to install hurricane straps. These straps connect the roof framing to the walls of the house, helping to keep the roof in place during a storm out
Here are some things to look for when checking if your roof will survive a wind storm:
Check The Shingles
Check shingles and tiles to see if they’re secure. If any of them seem loose or damaged, you should replace them with new ones right away before the storm hits. It’s also important that all nails used on the shingles and tiles are driven in properly.
Inspect The Flashing
Inspect the flashing around chimneys, vents, and skylights to make sure it’s intact. If any pieces of flashing are missing or damaged you should replace them before replacing your roof completely.
Check Gutters For Debris
Check gutters for debris such as leaves so they don’t overflow during heavy rains. Clean out any debris before the storm hits to keep water away from your home’s foundation and prevent flooding inside of it.
Look At The Roofline
Look at the roofline to see if there are any missing or damaged shingles at all areas where they meet up with other sides of the house like on dormers, ridges and valleys (where two roofs meet). If there are any, you should replace them.
Trim The Trees
Trim any trees or branches that are close to your roof as these can create lift and increase the chances of your roof being blown off in a high wind storm.
If you have any questions about how to check if your roof will withstand a high wind storm, please contact Gables Roofing today!