Roof damage is a scourge for homeowners everywhere. It costs, on average, over $600 to repair a roof, and oftentimes it seems as soon as the roof is repaired, a new problem appears.
The reason is the weather. Rain, sleet, hail, and snow can all wreak havoc upon your roof. This is particularly a problem for homeowners in harsh and temperate climates: roof damage tends to be worse in Maine than it is in Texas because winter is your roof’s enemy.
Even if you are a Texan homeowner, don’t think you’re safe. It seems like every year summers get hotter and winters get colder: in January of this year, Fort Worth’s temperatures at times dipped to below twenty degrees Fahrenheit. That’s a pricey winter: especially when that means ice damage is on the table for Texans in the years to come.
Knowing how to fight back against both warm and cold temperatures is something every homeowner needs to know how to do. So here are five tips to make sure you’re prepared for the winter.
Ask Your Contractor The Right Questions
Make sure you ask your contractor the right questions before having your roof installed and during a repairs quote.
Doing this is a way to make sure you aren’t losing out on having a high quality and affordable roof.
Making sure you choose a local company that’s covered by insurance and has a reputation for good work is the only way to make sure your roof is prepared for the challenges ahead.
Do your research before you go shopping for contractors or builders. Remember that the amount of time spent on research is nowhere near the amount of money a damaged roof will cost you: particularly if you run into difficulties with insurance because of the contractor you didn’t research.
So ask your contractor, and yourself, the right questions.
Don’t Let Trees Cause Major Roof Damage
Trees are one of the most prevalent causes of roof damage in America. This is a particularly big problem in Texas, where frequent hurricanes and tornadoes pose a massive risk to homeowners.
Trees are oftentimes the object that breaks roofs. And the damage from a falling tree can extend well past the roof and do damage to the interior of the house.
Even tree damage that doesn’t happen to your house can cost you a fortune. When trees fall on power lines or do damage to roads, in many states and towns the homeowner whose property the tree was on is responsible for the damage caused.
So minimizing the risk of damage caused by trees or branches is absolutely essential to protecting yourself from roof damage.
When you get your roof worked on, make sure you also look at surrounding trees and branches. If anything feels precariously close to getting through your roof, have it removed or chopped down.
Check Your Roof Yearly and Bolster It
Yearly checks to your roof are a great way to make sure you’re prepared for the surprises the weather may hold. As much as we can talk about seasons and changes in barometric pressure, nobody can predict the weather.
We would also suggest you not wait until hurricane season or a harsh winter to bolster your roof. If you’re hiring a contractor or doing the repairs yourself, shopping at Home Depot or getting somebody to come over and do maintenance will be quite a bit more difficult when you’re competing with everyone else preparing for an extreme weather situation.
Have Proper Insulation and Ventilation
A large number of roofs and attics are improperly ventilated, and some have no ventilation at all. The recommendation given by the Federal Housing Administration for roof ventilation is one foot of ventilation per three hundred feet, but still, some have less than this or none at all.
During the summer, poor ventilation can bring the temperature of your attic to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. That high temperature means more than just a little discomfort: it means mold and mildew will destroy your roof from the inside.
Lacking proper insulation also causes problems. Insulation is what protects the inside of your house from being damaged due to the cold conditions of winter, and that freezing roof damage can be incredibly pricey.
So make sure to have both insulation and ventilation on your roof.
Know You’re Insured
Sometimes, you just can’t avoid roof damage. A major storm or another drastic event, along with the wear-and-tear any house or roof goes through over the course of years of living in it, will damage your roof at some point.
And that’s where insurance comes in.
Making sure that your roof is insured means you won’t have to pay for hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars of damage out-of-pocket. Instead, you can have peace of mind.
Different states have different insurance rates, and different contractors interact with insurance companies in different ways. If you’re in Texas and looking for insurance for your roof, make sure you read up on Texas’ Insurance Law.
Then, learn everything you need to learn about insurance fraud to avoid complications from unscrupulous providers.
Making sure your roof won’t get damaged by the weather is one thing, but making sure you’re protected from any damage that does slip past your repairs and preparation is that much more important. And that’s why you need insurance.
Owning a home can be stressful. In spite of the freedom it gives you, it also demands constant upkeep and care.
Remember that you cannot predict the weather. Chances are, if you own a home over the course of several decades, you will experience roof damage due to weather.
That damage could be caused by heat and cold, or it could be caused by falling trees and water. Whatever the case is, you need to be prepared.
That means knowing your insurance plan and making sure the people who install and work on your roof are pros.
If you want a team of experts and superstars to get to work on your roof, contact us right now.