Storm season in Oklahoma is rolling in fast! With all of the conditions that could occur, such as hail, wind, tornadoes, and heavy rain, Bailey’s Roofing knows the prospect of extreme weather causes some anxiety about the state of your home. While it’s impossible to prevent all damage to your Ada, OK roof, and home, we have some good news! There are some ways you can prepare your roof for the storms ahead that will minimize damage. Here are a few tips on preparing your residential roof for spring storms.
Check the Gutters
Your gutters are a crucial part of your roofing system. They must be clear of debris and securely attached to your home before storm season hits. You should inspect your gutters and clean out any debris that’s accumulated over the winter months. If they’re full of junk, the water from rainstorms can’t flow down the gutters and away from your home and foundation. These blockages cause rain to back up under the shingles and leak into your home. Make sure your gutters aren’t loose or have any cracks or gaps as well. Clear gutters allow water to flow correctly through the system.
Storms sometimes bring strong winds that are capable of knocking down plenty of tree branches and limbs. Trimming your trees before the storms come can save you from severe damage to your roof. It also minimizes the number of leaves that fall into your gutter during a rainstorm.
Inspect the Roof
If you feel comfortable, inspect your roof yourself. Otherwise, you should call a professional like Bailey’s Roofing in Ada, Ardmore, Pauls Valley, and Wynnewood, OK to inspect it for you. You need to check your roof for loose, torn, or curled shingles. Also, look for divots or missing granules. Additionally, check all entry points, including the chimney, vents, and skylights, to ensure water can’t leak through these where there might be gaps in the sealant. Walk on your roof as well if you’re comfortable doing so to check for soft spots. Soft spots indicate water has leaked through before, and there’s damage underneath, which needs immediate attention before more storms occur.
Check Your Attic for Holes
Go into your attic or crawl space and look for holes in the ceiling or water damage. This could be sunlight streaming in, damp beams, dripping, or standing water. Any of these issues are severe enough to need repair. Be sure to look along the roof’s peak for leaks as well. You also need to clear any mold you find since this is usually a sign that moisture is collecting in the area.
If you need help preparing your roof before the spring storms blow in, call Bailey’s Roofing in Wynnewood, OK today! We will come by and get your residential roof and home ready for storm season for you. Visit us on Facebook to check out some of our past work!