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Heavy Rain: 8 Ways to Protect Your Roof

With flooding and winds gusting over 70 mph, California's weather has been a wild ride as of late. Heavy rain can cause serious damage to your roof. Here are eight ways to protect your roof and home from severe rainfall.

1. Clean Your Gutters

Make sure your gutters are free of leaves and debris. In the rainy season, gutter cleaning will prevent dangerous overflows. Now is the perfect time to install gutters if you don't already have them. Having no gutters on your roof can result in water dripping off and damaging your siding.


2. Inspect Your Vents

When it rains or winds heavily, water can find its way into your attic vents. Make sure that the vents you use have guards designed to prevent this from happening.


3. How's Your Chimney

Another potential weak spot on your roof is your chimney. In order to prevent rain from penetrating into your home, it must be properly hooded. Rain will worsen any cracks or weaknesses in the chimney!

4. Cut Hanging Tree Limbs

Hanging limbs on your roof is a sign of a possible threat. These tend to cause the accumulation of even more water, and scatter debris during storms.

And that's not even mentioning the potential damage from falling limbs! Because of this, water is more likely to stick around and cause decay.


5. Ask for a Shingle/Flashing Inspection

Ensure that the shingles and flashing (metal strips that protect a roof from water) on your house are in top shape by checking for broken shingles, rusty flashing, or other flaws before bad weather. A roof inspection can help you identify these and other parts of your roof that should be replaced before they cause harm to your home.

6. Fix Leaks ASAP

So if you notice

dark patches

bubbling

streaks

etc

Call someone right away to get the repairs started. Or it might be too late.

The faster you take care of it, the more money you will save.


7. Stop Pooling Water

Without proper slope and drainage, pooling water will linger after every rainfall, and will eventually damage your roof. If you notice pooling water that won't go away, there may be a problem with your roof that needs to be looked at.


8. Replace Old Roofs

Consider replacing your old roof with a new one, especially if it has widespread damage. This is can be an expensive option, but you can pick underlayment, shingles and sealants that will best withstand heavy rains. Saving you from costly repairs in the future.



With all this wind you should know what your insurance coverage is. We suggest that everyone look at your policy today. You will want to make sure it covers replacement and all code upgrades for your roof.

If you have to make a claim don't let your insurance company dictate how much it will cost and who you can have do the work. Remember the insurance company works for you you pay for a service not the other way around.


Stay safe this Rainy Season!

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We hope this post helped you in some way.

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