Protect Your Roof Properly Before Bad Weather Strikes
Summer isn’t the only season known for irregular storms. With more unpredictable weather comes the increased chances for roof damage. Avoid paying for costly damage by protecting buildings with quality roofing products from the start.
Most people only think of roof damage occurring when storms knock down trees and crash into homes, but there are other elements that cause roof storm damage.
Heavy wind, for example, can blow shingles off a house or building, leaving the surface of the roof exposed to the elements. In colder climates, ice dams are common when ice forms in the gutter and lower edge of a sloped roof, preventing melting snow and water from draining off the roof. The water backs up behind the dam and the water pushes up under the shingles which will leak through into ceilings or walls, causing considerable damage.
A small crack or gap can grow as more storms come. Since most people are not at eye-level with their roofs, they don’t notice the damage, which if severe enough, will allow water to seep into the house, causing a multitude of structural problems.
Combine the unpredictable damage from the elements with potential gaps in shingles after roof settling and the impact is significant. But there is one sure way to combat them.
Beat the Storms at the Source
The best way to beat roof damage is to start at the core. Quality roofing products make the difference when it comes to protecting your home.
With GAF roofing products, clients can be confident of their choice. Many of these products have lifetime warranties.
Their Roof Deck Protection acts as a security barrier against elements that can find their way under shingles.
To combat leaks caused by ice damming and wind-driven rain, we recommend leak barriers like GAF Weatherwatch or GAF Stormguard. Sometimes referred to as ice and water shield, these roll roofing products should be installed at eaves, hips, valleys and around any roof penetrations like chimneys, skylights, dormers or vent pipes.
With starter strip shingles at the base of the roof, you are less likely to have the shingles blow off from wind damage. Check out GAF starter strip products like WeatherBlocker, Pro-Start and QuickStart, which combined with other GAF roofing products, offer a Lifetime Roofing System.
Preventative Care Against Roof Damage
One of the best actions you can take for your clients’ roofs is to recommend annual roof checkups. Repairing roof damage can be costly and time-consuming for both contractor and client, so catching a potential problem early can greatly diminish severe issues later.
Still have questions about the best roofing products to recommend to your clients to fit their budget and add curb appeal to their home?
At Myers, we specialize in a variety of roofing materials, such as asphalt, metal, rubber, wood and composite. We can also advise on coatings, underlayment, trim and flashing.