Even the most durable roof is bound to suffer some form of damage during a storm. However, in the case of commercial roofs, which are prone to ponding water, the risk is higher.
Taking a few precautions before the arrival of the storm can mitigate storm damage. Carney Roofing Company, your go-to contractor in the state for all your new roofing construction needs, lists some of them below.
Trim Overhanging Tree Limbs
Flimsy tree branches can be easily knocked down by storm winds, so make sure to trim these branches before they can do any damage. Before any extreme weather event, make sure your roof is free of any debris.
Clean Your Gutters
Foliage from the surrounding trees and other debris may have accumulated in your gutters. These will hamper the flow of rainwater in your downspouts, potentially causing rainwater to overflow onto your roof and cause moisture damage.
If you notice holes in your gutters, it’s unlikely that a contractor will be able to replace your gutters before the storm arrives. As such, it’s a good idea to inspect your gutters for leaks periodically. That way, your gutters will work perfectly when you need them the most.
Document the State of Your Property
Take pictures and jot down detailed notes of the state of your property before the storm makes landfall. These will come in handy when it’s time to file an insurance claim. Remember that insurance companies will only pay for damage caused by the storm, not damage that results from delayed repairs or any pre-existing damage. Pictures and notes will serve as proof.
Install Waterproof Roofing Membranes
Should you need to replace your roof after the storm, choose a waterproof roofing membrane that will be able to better handle extreme weather events. We recommend EPDM roofing. This type of roofing uses rubber, a highly durable and flexible material. And since the membrane is attached in one go, there are few to no seams. This, in turn, means there are fewer gaps through which moisture can enter your roof. Compare EPDM roofing cost estimates from local contractors to get the best deal.
Keep in mind that a roofing system that wasn’t installed properly is likely to have a few gaps in your roof. To prevent this from happening, only hire experienced contractors.
Carney Roofing Company is a BBB-accredited contractor with more than five decades’ worth of experience. We offer a wide range of roofing services, including single ply roof repair and installation services. To get a free estimate, call us at (936) 307-0900 or leave us a message on this form. We serve homeowners in Tyler, TX.