Thunderstorms Are Rolling In! Prepare Your Home For Storm Season

In most regions, summer means lots of sunshine and warm days -- but it also means thunderstorms. Bringing high winds, heavy rain, and sometimes even hail, thunderstorms can cause damage to your home if you're not well prepared. Here are four ways to prepare your home and minimize your risk of damage during storms.

Secure loose shingles.

Shingles that are a little loose can quickly blow off completely when a storm rolls in, and then you'll have water damage. Climb up on a ladder and take a look at your roof. If you see any shingles where the edges are peeling up, pound a roofing nail in along the edge of the shingle to secure it. Then, apply a glob of roofing cement to the head of the nail so that water does not seep in around it. If you have a lot of loose roofing shingles, consider contacting a roofing company to come replace them before the storms start rolling in.

Fasten your gutters.

A loose gutter can blow off, which can cause a number of issues:

  • Water pooling on the roof, leading to leaks
  • Damage to the edge of the roof that the gutter is torn from
  • Damage to structures that the gutter strikes after coming loose

Grasp your gutters, and try to give them a jiggle. If they move, use a screwdriver to tighten the screws in the metal fastener that anchors the gutter to the roof. Should you notice any missing metal fasteners, just head to your local home improvement store and buy another one in the same size as the other ones on your gutters. All you have to do is screw it into the holes left behind from the missing one.

Trim your trees.

If there are any trees near your house, take a look at the large branches and make sure they're all in good shape. If a branch appears damaged or dead, now is the time to remove it – before it blows off and crashes through your living room window! Also trim away branches that sweep against the side of your home. High winds could cause them to blow against your home more forcefully, which could lead to cracks and scratches.

There's always a chance that a thunderstorm will have you calling the residential roofing contractor the next day, but by taking these precautions before the storms arrive, you can minimize that chance.