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Preparing Your Roof for Texas Monsoon : A
Heavy rain and wind are often a relief for the Texans. The weather is, however, a warning sign
for your roofing system. Harsh monsoon - continuous and heavy rainfall - often puts pressure
on the roofing materials and can be detrimental for their life. Although you can always contact
a commercial roofing inspector in Texas to repair the post monsoon damages, you would
definitely want to take a few preventive steps and minimize the cost of roof maintenance. On
that note, here’s a brief guide to help prepare your roofing system before the monsoon.
Check Key Areas
Ignorance is bliss, but not in the case of your roofing system. Neglecting even the minutest
thing may lead to costly damages. Therefore, focus on every area from the underlayment and
nailing, to flashing for any signs of wear and tear. Ensure there’s no rust on the flashing, and
look for broken, curled, blistered, or missing shingles. Check the vent pipes and seals around
the roof for penetrations.
Pay Attention to the Drainage System
If the drainage system isn’t clean, it may lead to water ponding and damage your roofing
system. Clean the gutters so that no leaves or debris block the drainage pipes. In addition,
ensure that the downspouts are, at least, 5-10’ inches away from the house, besides, creating a
slope for directing the rain water away.
Get Your Yard Trees in Shape
Don’t forget to check the condition of the trees in your yard. Torrent and heavy winds can
cause the weak branches - that have splits and cracks - to break and damage the roof. As a
result, it is necessary for you to look for any signs of decay such as hollow cavities or fungal
growth in the trees. Trim the branches so that there are no leaves on the roof and you have to
spend less time in cleaning the roof.
Check for Leaks
The next step is to check for leaks, which again can be effective, if you do it the right way. Start
with looking for dark spots on the ceiling. Ensure that no pipes are dripping. Water dripping
from the ceiling is the last thing you want as it will lead to substantial expenditure.
Warning Signs to Remember
Dark spots in the attic
Light entering through roof parts
By taking care of the above and a few other steps, you can prepare your roof against damages.
The ideal solution, however, is to seek help from a professional commercial roofing contractor
in Texas, who has ample experience in providing a wide range of roofing solutions. Another
trouble-free and effective way to ensure your roof’s longevity is to sign up for a RAMP or Roof
Asset Management Program, in which experts inspect your roof, at least, twice a year.