Maintenance and Repairs

10 Tips to Prepare Your Roof for Severe Weather

Chase VanHorn
May 15, 2024

Over the years weather has become more fickle due to climate change. There have been surprise storms, more occurrences of heatwaves, and sometimes even weather that doesn’t match up with the season. That means you need to be prepared for erratic weather that may spring up on you.

1. Know the climate of the area where you live

Your first step should be to know the weather that frequents the area you live in. Research the history of natural disasters - including instances of storms and heavy rains. This will give you an idea of what to expect. For example, the area of Spotsylvania near Culpeper in Virginia has had a history of severe thunderstorms in the past, and a quick look into the area’s climate history will help you prepare for similar weather events.

2. Conduct inspections

Inspect your roof regularly to make sure there aren’t any gaps and holes that may cause rain to leak through. It is a common practice to check it twice a year to ensure that everything is in order and to adequately prepare for the upcoming seasons.

3. Upgrade your roofing

Over time, natural elements as well as wear and tear can greatly impact the quality and condition of your roof. Upgrading your roofing to materials that are suitable for the weather can be considered an investment for the future in addition to preventing damage. There are impact-resistant shingles that you can use - these provide an extra layer of protection.

Sealing Your Roof Chimney | Cenvar Roofing & Solar
Sealing Your Roof Chimney

4. Sealing and waterproofing

In addition to upgrading the quality of materials used in your roofs, work toward preventing the roof from being compromised. Cover up holes and tears in your roofing that can lead to leaks. Remember to look at the areas where the roof meets the house structure - such as chimneys, vents, and windows.

5. Bolster the Strength

Water and leaks may not always be an issue, but in the event of heavy rains and storm-like weather, debris from nearby trees and buildings may impact your roof. You need to ensure that it won’t cave under pressure. Check various components of your roof, such as the decking, flashing, and underlayment.

6. Clean gutters and downspouts

These form part of your roof and ensure drainage of water from your roof. It makes sure that debris from your roof catches and flows out of the downspouts and that there are no blockages. If they are blocked, you can use a garden trowel to remove excess leaves and twigs. You can also flush it out but spraying water into the gutter.

Debris Causing Gutters to Clog | Cenvar Roofing & Solar
Debris Causing Gutters to Clog

7. Grooming trees in your yard

Keep your trees well groomed, so in the event of a surprise storm you are prepared and there won't be any damage that ends up clogging your gutters. You can achieve this by cutting down branches that hand over your roof, and when you plant new trees, plant them strategically so they won’t grow and become obstructions for your roof.

8. Insulate your attic or upper rooms

As much as you can protect your roofing from the outside, you can also protect it from the inside. You need to make sure that you are prepared for water leakages that can seep through and end up damaging your furniture and causing mold to set in. Make sure that your roof deck is sealed, and ensure there is suitable ventilation in these rooms to prevent moisture build-up.

9. Consult a professional

Every so often, it would be wise to get a roofing specialist to come through and check the integrity of your roof and prepare changes that need to be made - this can include additional tie-downs or bracings for your roof. Professionals will be able to make note of any faults that you may have missed.

10. Consider Getting Insurance

Insurance is there in order to cover your basis in the event that the preparations you made were not enough for your roof to hold out. Most insurances cover damages due to accidents and natural disasters. It is important to check the clauses in your insurance coverage to ensure that you are secure.


Due to climate change, the weather is not what it used to be. That being said the roof of your home is an integral part of your house’s structure that helps protect your family and your belongings from the elements. You need to make sure that your roof is in perfect condition to prevent the weather from getting the best of your home.

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