Storm-Proofing Your Roof: Essential Tips from Your Supplier and Installer

Your home is many things, but above all, it should function as a sanctuary from the outside world. It’s a place where you and your loved ones find safety and shelter, and your roof is the key to protecting it and your family and assets.

When storms brew on the horizon, your roof needs to be in great shape to handle Auckland’s weather. Keeping your home, family, and contents safe all comes down to how well your roof can withstand some punishment.

Weather is projected to get even wilder in Auckland this year, so we’ve got our eyes on the horizon along with you. As Auckland’s expert roofing supplier, we have extensive experience in storm-proofing residential roofs to withstand bad storms.

Look for Signs of Corrosion

Corrosion can weaken your roof, making it more vulnerable to storm damage. It’s important to regularly inspect your roof for signs of rust and corrosion, especially if you have an ageing metal roof. Most metal roofs, especially COLORSTEEL roofing, are designed to last decades.

That said, if your roof is in a coastal, humid, or rainy part of the country, it pays to stay on top of any corrosion. When you call us to ensure your roof is weather-tight, we check it for discolouration, flaking paint, or any areas where the metal looks like it’s breaking down.

If we spot any signs of corrosion, it’s best to address them quickly with a qualified roofing supplier.

Stick Down Any Loose Pieces

Nailing down loose panels or shingles is important for storm-proofing. Storms often blow through with high wind speeds, which means they’ll easily pick up loose panels or shingles and whip them off your roof at record speed.

Aside from the risk of flying debris, this also opens the door for bad leaks to manifest in your roof system. A quick visual inspection will help us identify any loose components that need to be fixed. Remember, it’s unsafe to go onto your roof if you’re not trained to work safely at heights, so call in your local roofing supplier to take care of the repair as quickly as possible.

Bolster Your Flashing

Next up, flashing. Your flashing plays a crucial role in keeping water out of your home. Flashing is the formal name for metal trim pieces that are installed around anything penetrating through your roof, like your chimney, vents, or skylights. The flashing acts as a robust waterproof barrier, sealing these vulnerable areas to keep the rain out.

Like the rest of your roof, your flashing can deteriorate over time or be damaged by hectic weather. If it wears away, the waterproof seal becomes compromised, inviting moisture in. To reduce the risk of water intrusion, it’s important to have high-quality flashing installed, and you should always have your flashing checked by your roofing supplier after a wild weather event.

Maintain Regular Inspections and Maintenance

Next, much can be said about maintaining your roof regularly. When it comes to storm-proofing, proactivity is key. This means quickly identifying any issues with your roof and resolving them before they can spread into expensive, full-blown repairs and premature roof replacements.

There are a couple of ways to keep a finger on your roof’s pulse:

  •       Visual inspections from the ground. As a property owner, you can easily inspect certain aspects of your roof’s condition from the ground. Look for loose granules from shingles, loose panels, signs of corrosion, or signs of standing water. Don’t go up onto the roof yourself; this is dangerous without the right training and equipment.
  •       Trained roofing professionals. Working with companies like Aspect Roofing allows you to contract a team to regularly come by and inspect your roof for any issues, taking care of small repairs before they can escalate.

Get a Professional Storm-Proofing Consultation

Even if you’re not keen on setting up a regular maintenance schedule, it pays to work with a team of professional roofing suppliers to check out your roof ahead of the rainy season. At Aspect Roofing, we call this a storm-proofing consultation.

Our experienced team will assess your roof’s condition, identify any vulnerabilities, and recommend appropriate measures to keep your home safe when storms hit. These might include repairs or simple measures like roofing concrete to bolster your waterproof seal.

Our recommendations will depend on your roof type, how long it’s been installed, and the severity of the expected weather.

At the end of the day, storm-proofing your roof is a smart, proactive measure to take ahead of Auckland’s rainy season. Protect your home, protect yourself, and protect your family, no matter how harshly the winds come howling.

Auckland’s storm-proofing experts are here to get your home ready for winter.

Your resident roofing suppliers are ready to help you storm-proof your home’s roof. At Aspect Roofing, we have years of experience keeping Auckland residential roofs in tip-top shape.

Contact us now to schedule a personalised storm-proofing consultation and fortify your roof for peace of mind.