5 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Extreme Weather Conditions

Philadelphia can have unpredictable and extreme weather conditions. From ice and wind in the winter to rain storms and excessive heat in the summer, the weather can wreak havoc on your roof. Your roof protects your family and belongings, so it’s important that your roof is prepared for extreme weather and Primo Roofing & Solar can help with these five steps. 

Clean Gutters and Drains

Proper draining moves water away from your roof and home. If your gutters, downspouts, and drains are clogged, water can build up and damage your roof – especially in the freezing winter temperature. 

Gutters collect dirt and debris which can clog the system. On windy days, the debris in your gutters can blow around and damage your roof. Clogged gutters can damage your exterior walls and eaves, especially if water overflows out of the gutter rather than travels through the gutters and downspouts.

Keeping your gutter system clean should be a part of your routine home maintenance. Don’t forget to check the drainage system around your home’s foundation, as landscaping elements can block the drains and cause water to build up. 

Annual Roof Inspections

Scheduling annual roof inspections can help keep your roof in top condition. During a roofing inspection, a licensed contractor will look at the shingles, tiles, and other components to determine if your roof needs any repairs. Small repairs can help keep your roof in top shape, and you’ll be alerted to any weakened areas that could turn into larger problems. 

Maintaining Your Roof

Ignoring your roof can lead to serious problems. Many homeowners do not like to climb ladders to maintain their roofs, so hiring a roofing contractor like Primo Roofing & Solar helps. Our experts can provide roof maintenance which could include repairing damaged shingles, soffits, and gutters. Maintenance prevents more damage, especially in Philadelphia where extreme weather during freeze-thaw cycles can create hidden roof damage. 

Remove Tree Branches

Extreme weather can damage your roof, especially if you have large trees near your home. Windy weather can cause tree branches to break and fall on your home. Branches close to your home can scrape your roof and damage shingles and tiles. 

Search for Moisture Traps

Rain, snow, and ice can cause serious roof damage. If your roof has any small cracks and openings, moisture can exacerbate the problem. Without care, moisture can increase the problems and damage your attic and home interior spaces. Proper roof care includes looking for small cracks and fixing the problem before the damage becomes serious. 

If you are comfortable going into your attic, you do a basic inspection of your roof’s underside. Shine a flashlight on the decking and trusses to look for damage, especially small cracks and holes. The best way to prevent water damage is to hire a professional roofer to inspect your roof and attic. They will find the small problems that could become big problems and explain how to remedy the situation in an affordable way. With proper roof care, you can protect your home and family during extreme weather in Philadelphia.