Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home for Storms

A strong roof is essential to the protection of your home, especially during storms. While you can’t control the weather, there are things you can do to protect your property and family.

Here are simple and easy ways to stormproof your home from one of the area’s leading roofing contractors, Exterior Pros. Secure Shingles

Harsh winds can lift the bottom row of shingles and the next layers above them. Prevent this from happening by securing the bottom row. Look for loose shingles and have them re-adhered.

You can use roofing cement to ensure that the first layer of shingles is well-adhered. Apply three dots of cement on the middle and each side of the shingles. Do this while the weather is still nice because it can take two weeks for the cement to set.

When it’s time for a roof replacement, consider galvanized ring-shank nails as fasteners since they hold on stronger than smooth nails. Adding hurricane straps that connect the rafters to the wall will make the structure more stable. Seal Holes

Seal exterior holes where water can enter using silicone caulk. These gaps include AC refrigerant and condensate lines, water pipes, wall outlets and cable TV and phone lines. Clean Your Gutters

Make sure that your gutters and downspouts are clear so rainwater is properly directed away from your home. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow into your exterior, which can cause damage and devalue your home. Trim Surrounding Trees

Tree limbs can cause massive damage to your home, vehicles and even your neighbor’s house. Regularly trim trees around your home to protect your roof and windows.

At Exterior Pros, we offer superior craftsmanship and excellent customer service. Let our experienced crew help you with your home improvement projects. We specialize in roof, window and siding replacement. Call us at (414) 215-0927 or complete our online form to request a free quote. We serve clients in Waukesha, WI.