Strong storms accompanied by high winds aren’t at all unusual in the Kansas City area. Since your home’s roof sits up high and exposed, it’s particularly susceptible to wind damage that might include:
- Lifted or broken shingles
- Extreme shingle granule loss
- Torn off sections of shingles
- Compromised edge, valley or penetration flashing
- Flashing seam separations
- Uplifted or sheared-off metal fasteners
- Displaced metal panels
- Impact damage from airborne debris
While it’s impossible to predict exactly when a windstorm might occur and its potential severity, here are some steps you can take in advance to limit wind damage to the roofing on your Kansas City home:
Have Your Roof Inspected
Contacting a reputable local roofing contractor and having your roof inspected is a vital first step. A dependable, experienced roofing pro can advise you if there are issues that need attention to boost your roof’s integrity so it’s better able to withstand high winds, or if it’s in poor overall condition and needs replacement.
Take Care of Needed Repairs
If an inspection reveals problems that can make your roof more vulnerable to wind damage, like missing or curled shingles, flashing deficiencies or loose metal fasteners, get them fixed promptly so your roof is in the best possible shape to stay intact and watertight when the next storm rolls through.
Upgrade to Wind-Resistant Roofing
If you’re advised that you need a new roof, get your contractor’s expert advice on roofing materials that give you greater protection from the wind, such as shingles that have a high wind-resistance rating or more durable metal roofing.
Keep Tall Trees Trimmed
If you have tall trees that overhang the roof, there’s a greater risk of impact or puncture damage if a limb breaks off during a windstorm. To help avert such a scenario, have the trees trimmed back so there are at least 10 feet of clearance between the limbs and your roof.
Maintain Your Gutters
Although your gutters aren’t technically part of the roof, they perform the critical function of directing rainwater away from your home during a storm to safeguard against water damage. To ensure that your gutter system stays intact and does its job, make sure that your gutters and downspouts are properly attached to the fascia and kept free of built-up debris.
For personalized advice about minimizing wind damage to the roofing on your Kansas City home, contact us at Bill West Roofing.
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