Whether you love summer with its lazy days at the beach and pool or hate the heat, one thing is certain, summer and the storms that often accompany it, are upon us. Thanks to the rapidly increasing temperatures, conditions are just right for a serious storm accompanied by hail, rain, and strong winds. For homeowners, this leads to an important question. Is your roof ready for the summer storms that often occur with little to no warning? Here’s everything you need to know to decide.

Schedule an inspection.

This is a time of year when it is crucial to get a professional on your roof. Sure, you can probably do it yourself, but asking a professional ensures that even the smallest issues are uncovered. In addition to looking for damaged or missing shingles, inspectors will look for any gaps that would allow rainwater to leak into your home. If a problem is discovered, you’ll want to take care of them as soon as possible.

Consider replacing your existing roof with a stone coated steel shingle.

If your roof has seen better days, it’s probably a good idea to replace it before the first summer storm hits. Opt for a roof that can withstand the damaging effects of a summer storm. A stone coated steel roof can withstand hurricane force winds and golf ball size hail. Another benefit is it will help you save on your monthly energy costs by helping to displace the attic heat. In addition to ensuring your home is well protected from the elements and reducing your utility costs, steel coated roofing is aesthetically pleasing, durable, and likely to improve the overall value of your home. Currently, homes with a metal roof improve their resale value by up to 6% percent when compared to a home with asphalt shingles [1].

Get your trees trimmed.

Even the most durable roofing material may not be able to withstand damage from large and heavy branches and limbs hanging from your trees. Therefore, you want to trim away any large limbs or branches. Pay close attention to those that hang over your roof, to prevent them from breaking off in a storm and causing considerable damage. Be sure to clear away any branches or dead trees around your home. Of course, if you don’t have the time to do this, you can always hire a tree trimmer to take care of it for you.

Clean out your gutters.

Your gutters do so much more than enhance your home’s aesthetic appearance. They also work to ensure that rainwater doesn’t collect on your roof. If your gutters are clogged, they won’t be able to do this, meaning you may have pools of water sitting on your roof. If these pools get too heavy, they could cause your roof to completely collapse. While this may only happen in extreme cases, you should know that the longer water sits on your roof, the more likely it is to cause leaks and encourage the growth of algae and moss, while attracting insects and mold. You can easily avoid this whole problem by cleaning out your gutters or hiring someone to do it for you.

If you walk outside, you know that summer is here. Unfortunately, this also means that summer storms are on their way. Is your roof ready?

[1] https://homeguides.sfgate.com/metal-roofs-improve-resale-value-home-54257.html