During certain seasons, the weather in Georgia can become a little too tropical. Heavy rain can give your roof a beating. Here are ten ways to protect your roof and home from the worst rainfall.
1. Use Gutters
If you don't have gutters, now is the time to consider installing them. Without gutters, water can drip off the roof and damage your siding.
2. Clean Those Gutters
If you have gutters, check to make sure they are free of leaves and debris. A gutter cleaning will prevent dangerous overflow during rainy seasons.
3. Check Your Vents
Not all vents and soffits in Georgia can withstand the rain. Heavy rain and wind can drive water up into your attic vents. This can soak the inside of your house. Use vents that have guards designed to prevent this problem.
4. Watch out for Your Chimney
Your chimney is another potentially weak point on your roof. It must be properly hooded to prevent rain from seeping down into your home. You don't want any cracks or weaknesses in the chimney, or rain will make them worse!
5. Clear Away Hanging Tree Limbs
Hanging limbs over your roof are a sign of potential danger. They tend to gather even more water, and scatter down debris during storms. This makes it easy for water to stick around and cause decay problems.
6. Ask for a Shingle/Flashing Inspection
You want your shingles and your flashing (the metal strips at the boundaries of your roof) to be ready for coming rainstorms. A roof inspection can help you identify loose shingles, rusted flashing, and other roof parts that really should be replaced before they cause harm.
7. Fix Leaks ASAP
If you notice brown patches or other signs of leaks inside your home, make a call and start a repair as soon as you can. Those leaks can get much, much worse when the rain comes. The faster you fix it, the more money you'll save.
8. Stop Pooling Water
Waters tends to pool on flat roofs. Without proper slope and drainage, this pooled water will linger after every rainfall, and will soon damage your roof. If you notice pooled water that won't go away, there's probably something wrong with your flat roof that needs to be looked at.
9. Replace Weak Roofs
If your roof is old, or has widespread damage, consider a new installation. This is an expensive option, but you can pick underlayment, shingles and sealants that best fight heavy rain, ensuring your new roof will be far more robust in the future!
10. Check Weather-Stripping
Finally, check all the weather-stripping around your windows and doors. They aren't part of your roof, but we don't want to see rainwater seeping into any gaps and causing damage. Replacing old weather-stripping is easy and important.