Keeping your home exteriors in good condition is crucial to protecting your household from the damaging effects of unpredictable weather, be it snowstorms, hurricanes, or any other severe weather occurrences. STARR Roofing & Gutters, your trusted roof maintenance contractor, shares how you can do just that so you can be prepared for any event that may ravage your area.
1. Weatherproof your home. Making your home impact-resistant can help protect against windstorms of varying speeds. Consider installing windows, doors and garage doors with impact-resistant features so they can withstand structural damage in the event of a storm. If you have a gabled roof, you can keep it sturdy by adding truss bracing. Planning to replace your roof? Choose roofing materials that are tested to withstand specific wind speeds. Class F shingles, for example, are capable of standing up to 110 mile-per-hour winds.
2. Clean out your gutters. Gutter installation experts recommend keeping your gutters and downspouts in top shape. In doing so, you make sure they are capable of handling heavy snow or rain. After completing this step, observe your downspouts’ direction. Are they positioned to divert water away from your home without flooding your landscaping or walkways? If they don’t, consider adding a gutter extension just to be sure. You don’t want water to pool on your landscaping and near your foundations.
3. Review your insurance policy. Understanding the contents of your homeowner’s insurance policy helps you know exactly what you could receive in compensation in the event of severe weather hitting your area. Depending on where you live, you will want to read the fine print just to be sure you are covered for a specific weather event. Talk to your insurer about this to determine if you need to add more to your existing policy.
STARR Roofing & Gutters specializes in high-quality roofing services, including roof repair, installation and maintenance. We can also be counted on for your storm damage claim needs. Contact us as soon as damage is suspected following a severe storm. Call (512) 736-6539 or fill out this contact form to schedule your roof evaluation.