Is Your Roof Ready for Tornado Season?
Temperatures are rising, and it is that time of year again. Tornado season is just around the corner. When one thinks of tornadoes, often the first place that comes to mind is Kansas, thanks to the Wizard of Oz, but surprisingly, Texas is first in the U.S. when it comes to twister touchdowns. We know it’s easier not to think about it, but a reality of living in tornado alley is preparing for powerful forces of nature. Not only does tornado season bring tornadoes (as if that isn’t enough), but thunder and lightning, heavy rain, flying debris, and large hail too. Your roof takes care of you through thick and thin. Now it is time to return the favor. This means it’s time to check its condition. We want you to feel confident in answering the question this headline poses with a resounding YES! Here is how you can get there.
While there are some signs of deterioration— or just faulty installation— that you can recognize on your own, you really need the help of a professional to get the best advice possible. Some damage may not be obvious to the untrained eye. Therefore, the wisest step you can take to prepare your roof for severe weather is to schedule an inspection. Though we think of “shingles” when we think of a roof, there is much more up there that can be badly damaged in a storm: gutters, drain jacks, hot water jacks, ventilators, and more. A professional will know exactly what to look for. They will be able to diagnose unforeseen problems before they get worse. They’ll also be able to spot sneaky signs of decay under the surface and fix any other issues leftover from winter.
It’s Within Its Projected Lifespan
It is also important to understand your roof’s age heading into summer. For example, a fiberglass asphalt shingle roof, the most popular type of roofing, has a projected lifespan of about 15-25 years IF it’s being maintained and is installed correctly. However, since so many don’t keep their roof maintained or hire cheaper, and therefore unqualified, roofing companies, our team often replaces roofs that have only lasted around twelve years or less. Metal can last much longer, but we run into similar problems with the installation. If your roof is approaching the age cap, or wasn’t properly maintained, it can disintegrate quickly when bad weather strikes. If you know your roof is getting old, or needs routine cleaning, talk to us about the benefits of preemptive maintenance.
It’s Performing Effectively
If you notice your monthly heating and cooling costs starting to rise, this may indicate an integrity decline in your roof. Another more obvious sign is water damage. To inspect for water damage inside your house, look for yellowing and peeling paint on your top floor ceilings. There can be many reasons for inefficiency, such as poor ventilation, old age, worn sealing, flawed installation, or simply the quality of materials. Regardless of the cause, it’s imperative that it is addressed now to ensure your roof is functioning at full capacity come storm season.
If you’re ready to say YES! to a reliable roof, call us at 281-342-4436 to schedule an inspection with one of our professional team members or use our online Contact Form.