With the harsh and changing weather conditions, keeping your roof in top shape is a must all year round. It is especially important to protect your roofing system against storms. Here are some tips on how you can stormproof your roof.
Ensure Your Shingles Are in Good Condition
High winds can easily blow off loose shingles so you should ensure your roof’s shingles are secure in place. If your roof is not high-wind rated, you can use roofing cement to affix the bottom row of shingles more tightly. This row is usually the most vulnerable to high winds so you should pay special attention to it.
However, if you’re looking for a more long-term solution, you can opt to add fasteners or hurricane straps. For fasteners, galvanized ring-shank nails are considered to have more holding power than smooth nails. Meanwhile, hurricane straps are used for added stability. If you’re in the process of roof replacement, you might want to use synthetics for the underlayment. Synthetics are typically more wind-resistant than felt.
Strengthen the Soffits
Soffits primarily protect your home’s rafters from the elements. They keep moisture away to prevent mold growth and to prolong the lifespan of the materials. In order to do this job, soffits must be firmly connected to the wall. You can apply sealant to the joint between the soffit channel and the wall. Then, you should install stainless screws through the fascia and channels, connecting the soffit material.
Sealant should be applied in the grooves where they butt up against the wall channel and fascia. Apply caulk to the bottom of the trim piece as well.
iRestore Stl takes pride in providing excellent customer service and first-rate workmanship. From reroofing to storm damage roof repairs, we carry out jobs to the highest standard. Call us at (618) 217-0070, or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve customers in Swansea, IL, and nearby areas.