The monsoon season is one of the harshest seasons when it comes making sure your roof stays in top condition. Not only does it bring heavy rain and thunderstorms but also heavy dust storms and fluctuating temperatures that can severely damage your roof. Monsoons can generally be very destructive should a large enough storm passes through your area. The best way to minimize the damage done by monsoon season and the storms it brings is to be prepared before it even arrives.
Today we’re going to be exploring just what you need to look out for before the season of storms comes howling at your doorstep.
Repairs and Maintenance before The Monsoon Arrives
Repairing and maintaining your roof should be important but is not as important as your own safety. The safest way to make sure your roof stays intact during a monsoon storm is to make sure you’ve done all the necessary repairs before the monsoon season even arrives. Early maintenance helps make sure that you don’t have to go on your roof during a thunderstorm for example. Not only is going out in a thunderstorm putting you at risk of falling off the roof because of the rain but also puts you at risk of getting hit by lightning.
Take Advantage of The Early Monsoon Rain
Rain before the monsoon season fully takes off might seem like a nuisance. It creates leaks in your home and can slow your progress during maintenance or inspections. However, these lighter rain showers can help you identify problem spots on your roof without causing as much damage as much stronger rain showers in the middle of the monsoon season. The rain in the middle of monsoon season can easily turn a trickle in your roof into a raging waterfall. If you find a leak, make sure to seal it off as soon as possible
Prune and Secure Nearby Trees
Trees near your home are definitely a sight to behold but they can also cause quite a number of problems during the monsoon season. Some of these problems include:
- Their leaves can get into your gutter and clog them, keeping stagnant water sitting in them and also preventing the water from properly exiting your roof.
- Branches can damage your roof by scraping away at the shingles and even falling on top of it.
- The tree itself could end up collapsing on your home and causing more than just a roofing problem.
So make sure that your trees are properly pruned and secured before the monsoon season to keep your roof and home safe from unnecessary accidents.
Upgrade Your Gutters
Gutter upgrades come in many shapes and sizes and can help you maintain a key part of any roof without having to go up there and clean it yourself. Choosing more durable gutter materials like copper over less durable ones like aluminum can extend the lifetime of your gutters. Another great upgrade to your run of the mill gutter is to add a filter to it. Not only does it make it easier to clean your gutters but also makes sure that no leaves or debris get into your gutters and downspouts meaning you don’t have to go up on your roof to clean it as often as you did before the filter was added.
Secure or Replace any Loose Shingles and Other Objects
One of the key characteristics of any strong storm is its high winds. These winds can go above one hundred miles per hour and can easily rip off any loose materials on top of your roof. This includes your home’s roof shingles. These can turn into deadly projectiles and could easily knock a man out or punch a hole through a wall should it be sent flying by strong enough winds. So it is important that you inspect your roof for any loose shingles.