How to Prepare for Midwestern Storms in 2019

2019 has been a rough year for St. Louis weather. From the extensive flooding throughout the metro area to the tornado that tried to interrupt Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference Championship, storms and heavy rain have taken their toll on our region. We’re only in June, and storm season is far from over. However, you can take several steps to improve your storm preparation strategies, including:

Schedule a Roof Inspection

Compile a list of reputable roofing contractors in your area, then select one of them to perform a roof inspection. Make sure your roof shingles are nailed down and that there are no clogs or debris in your gutters or downspouts. If the roofer finds any problems, have them repaired immediately, before a storm blows through and causes more damage to your roof. You should maintain a relationship with that contractor and keep your list of local ones so you don’t have to deal with out-of-town “storm chaser” roof contractors if your house or building does sustain storm, water, or wind damage.

Review Your Insurance Policy

Double-check what kind of storm damage your insurance policy covers. Reviewing what your insurance covers will allow you to make a roof insurance claim if a storm does damage your roof. This is an important step because roofing insurance claims make it possible to repair storm damage that happens to your home or building.

Maintain and Protect Your Property

Tie-down and secure any patio furniture or other outside fixtures, or bring them inside, if possible. You should also secure heavy furniture inside the house so it doesn’t damage the house or its occupants during a storm. These steps will prevent those indoor and outdoor objects from turning into flying debris that can damage the house if severe storms or tornadoes strike your property.

Trim Your Trees

Trimming your trees will prevent high winds from causing branches, limbs, or even trunks to fall on your roof or house. Fallen trees are a major casualty of storm damage in the Midwest, so you should definitely make sure your trees’ branches and limbs are trimmed far back enough that they won’t damage the roof or house if they fall during a storm.

Prepare Emergency Kits

You should prepare emergency kits for your home or building and your car so you can survive during or after a storm, especially if you lose power for an extended period. An emergency kit should include water, non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights, blankets, a cell phone, a first aid kit, and copies of important documents. Having these materials handy will increase your safety and preparedness when a storm system passes through your area.

Caulk Around Windows and Doors

Your house’s and roof’s storm damage aren’t always easy to see. Sometimes, it comes in the form of moisture damage. Wind-driven rain can blow the moisture into your home, causing damage that won’t be as immediately visible as a fallen tree limb sitting on your garage roof. Caulking in these areas will prevent moisture from entering your home or building, so you can avoid dealing with moisture and water damage.

Protect Your Home or Building With Frederic Roofing

At Frederic Roofing, we can repair your weather-damaged roof. We can also provide roof replacement when the need arises. We’ve been serving the St. Louis area for over 90 years, so we’ve seen our share of severe weather, and we’ve developed solutions that serve our customers well. If you are interested in our repair or replacement services, contact us today.

Top 6 Signs of a Leaking Roof

Do you notice water stains on your ceiling? Is moss or mold growing in the spots where your exterior walls meet your roof? These are signs that your roof may be leaking. If you’re not sure how to find a roof leak, you should know about the warning signs you can look for. Here are six signs that your shingle roof may be leaking:

1. Missing Shingles

If you’ve noticed your roof is leaking, you should examine it, or at least have a professional roofer look at it. If you see any shingles missing from the roof, they may have been fastened to the roof deck improperly. Missing shingles often occur after storms or high-speed winds, so you should check the condition of your roof after these weather events occur.

2. Buckling or Curling Shingles

Roof shingles may buckle because their felt was improperly applied or because there has been movement in the roof’s deck. Shingles curl because of water absorption or hot air in the attic. When your roof’s shingles are buckled or curled, they will not protect your home or commercial building from leaks effectively.

3. Algae and Mold Growth

Algae and mold may begin to grow on your roof because airborne algae and fungi were deposited there. This growth will not dramatically shorten your shingles’ lifespans, but it can be evidence of potential problems, including leaks. If there is a leak, mold or moss may grow on your exterior walls, so that’s another reason you should look for this warning sign.

4. Granule Loss

Asphalt shingles will usually experience a bit of granule loss, especially right after installation. However, if your shingles are aging or reaching the end of their lifecycle, granule loss indicates that it’s time to replace them.

5. Debris in Downspouts

If you have clogged gutters and debris in your downspouts, your roofing materials may have problems. When you notice this problem, you should have your roof professionally inspected to see if there are any leaks, problem areas, or structural damage that might contribute to the debris accumulation.

6. Water Stains

One prominent sign of a leak in your building’s or home’s roof is a water stain on the ceiling or wall. Sometimes, these stains are obvious patches of moisture with rings of brown around the edges, but that’s not always the case. Ceiling and wall stains can also hide in plain sight in dark corners and other small spaces. Even so, if you find one of these stains, you should check for mold growth in the water stains. These stains may be accompanied by drips as well. When you find this moisture, it’s important to locate its source so you and a professional roofer can fix the problem.

What to Do When You Recognize These Warning Signs

When you notice one or more of these warning signs, you should try to find the leak in your roofing system. Once you find the source, you can determine whether you should implement a DIY solution or contact a professional roofer. If you cannot find it or if the problem is too difficult for a DIY fix, you should call a roofer for roof leak repairs. Also, if your roof is aging, you may have to consider roofing repairs or roof replacement. A good rule of thumb is if the repairs cost more than half the price of a new one, you should consider replacing it.

Contact a Contractor Who Can Help

Frederic Roofing has the experience and knowledge to repair residential and commercial roof leaks, and we can replace your roof when it reaches the end of its lifecycle. If you are interested in our services, or if you have any questions, contact us today.