Weather can have a major impact on the health of your Fairfax home including the roof. It can be difficult to keep your roof and home in top-notch condition, especially because there’s no controlling the weather. At MasterWorks Painters, we recommend following these three steps to prepare and protect your home during the winter storm season.

3 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Storm Season

1. Secure Windows & Doors

One of the first ways to safeguard your roof from damaging storms is to secure all windows and doors. It would also be wise to double-check any weather stripping and replace if needed. Air pressure plays a role during a storm and can cause problems with the roof if windows and doors are not properly secured. If a window or door blows open because of damaging winds or striking hail, this will raise the pressure in your home and cause instability in the roof structure.

2. Clean & Secure Gutters

Storms can cause gutters and drain spouts to get clogged up with soaked leaves, fallen branches, and flying debris. In turn, this can cause massive puddles to collect on the roof and spill over the sides of the gutters. The job of your gutter is to move stormwater away from the house preventing damage to the roof, siding, and other exterior features. If gutters are not cleaned out or secured well, wind, water, and ice from storms can cause the gutters to break away from the house, resulting in even more unnecessary damage to your home.

3. Trim Tree Branches

Storms bring with them all sorts of weather such as destructive hailstones, dangerous winds, and heavy snow. All of this can damage your roof, but a fallen tree branch can cause massive destruction. More than curled shingles or cracked tiles, tree branches can tear through the roof’s structure causing massive holes and wide gaps. Do your best to prevent this as much as you can by having the trees on your property evaluated, especially if any of them look diseased or injured. 

Professional Roof Contractors in Fairfax

MasterWorks Painters does more than repair, replace, and install new roofs in the Fairfax area and beyond. We also remodel kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, as well as provide painting services for interior, exterior, and commercial buildings. Contact us today at (703) 263-3302 to get an estimate for your roof or for any of our other home improvement services.

Source: “Prepare Your Roof For The Storm Season.” Web article. Done Rite Roofing, Inc. 10 May. 2021. Web. 22 Nov. 2021.