Posted on: 5 April 2017
Sometimes a storm pops up out of nowhere, but more often, you have at least a few days' warning from the weather report. If the weather reports are calling for a storm with high winds, you'll want to take this chance to prepare your roof for the challenge it's about to face. Completing these tasks should only take an afternoon—and this will cost you a lot less than having to replace or repair a wind-damaged roof.
Secure your gutters
If your gutters or downspouts blow off in the storm, they can bang into the roof and cause cracks or shingle damage. Plus, water won't be able to drain from the roof properly, so you may end up with leaks and deteriorated shingles. So, check that your gutters and downspouts are secure. If they wiggle a little, use your screwdriver or wrench to tighten the fasteners that hold them in place.
Cut down loose branches
If there are trees that overhang your roof, cut off any heavy or cracking branches now, rather than leaving them for the storm to dislodge. If you have the time, you may want to examine and trim any other trees on your property, too, since the right gust could grab a branch and carry it over to your roof (or the side of you home).
Fasten loose and peeling shingles
Shingles that are beginning to peel up in the corners are usually best replaced, but with a storm on the horizon, you don't really have time for this project right now. What you can do is climb up on the roof—as long as it's not windy yet—and drive a 1 ½-inch roofing nail into the edges of any peeling shingles. Once the nail is pounded down flush with the roof, apply a little glob of roofing cement or even super glue on top of it. This will harden and keep water from seeping in around the nail. Though a quick fix, this repair should keep wind from peeling back the shingles any further.
Secure loose flashing
Flashing is the metal sheeting that surrounds your chimney and perhaps some other roof projections, like sewer vents. If it's starting to come loose, the wind could grab a hold of it, peeling it off further. This is a big issue, since shingles are usually placed over the edge of flashing. If it peels back, so will these shingles! You can temporarily secure loose flashing by applying some super glue or rubber cement to the surface underneath it, and then pressing it down. This won't hold for long, and ultimately you need to have the roofing company fix your flashing, but it's better than doing nothing when there's an upcoming wind storm.Share