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A Healthy Roof Can Keep Your Home Dry

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Missing shingles on the roof of a home following a heavy rain storm Roof damage is a constant threat to the structural integrity of your home. Volatile weather patterns makes roof maintenance a top priority.

Think about the devastation a storm or heavy rain can cause. What part of your home or business should endure this type of devastation? In most cases, it is probably your roof.

Roof damage is a constant threat to the structural integrity of your entire home or building. With the volatile weather in the Mahoning County, it makes roof maintenance a top priority. Below are some tips on how to take care of your roof:

Tip 1: Perform a thorough routine inspection during whenever possible. Pick a time when you can perform the inspection and perform repairs with minimal risk of precipitation. Make sure to do the following:

  • Inspect drains and gutters to make sure they are clear
  • Inspect the surface of the roof to make sure there are no cracks or exposed surfaces
  • Look for signs of wind damage

Tip 2: Check your roof-mounted equipment and make sure it is securely in place. Properly attached equipment will minimize roof damage in severe weather conditions. It is recommended to use qualified professionals to reattach inadequately secured equipment, instead of trying to reattach it yourself.

Tip 3: There are limits to how much weight your roof can bear, so it is important to always be aware of load limits. During periods of intense rain, blocked drains can turn small roof puddles into large lakes. Record-breaking snow or snow followed by rain or ice can also cause load problems.

Tip 4: Check the underside of the roof. If possible, look at your roof from the inside. If you see evidence of leaks or damage, add those areas to your repair list.

Tip 5: No roof lasts forever. If your roof is old or showing signs of weakness, it may be time for a roof rebuild. An engineer can evaluate your current roof and recommend a course of action.

Weather can cause even the best-maintained roof to fail. Roof damage never picks a convenient time to occur, so it is comforting to know that there are storm damage mitigation teams available.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in emergency roof repair and mitigating water damage caused by storms.  If you need your roof inspected, or your roof is in need of repair, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County! (330) 609-8543

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