So, what can you do as a residential or commercial building owner in Westchester NY to reduce, if not limit the impact from future high winds and storms?
1) Hire a Tree Service: Trees that are close to your residential or commercial building are a hazard! MCAS Roofing suggests either calling us in for an assessment, or calling a tree service that can come and inspect your property. We feel that all trees that are close to your home should be cut down, however, for many of us it is difficult to cut down a beautiful, healthy tree. A healthy tree should still be trimmed, but we must ensure that all trees that are not healthy are cut down as these are the ones that are most likely to fall during a storm. A professional tree service or MCAS Roofing has the expertise needed to identify the signs of a dying tree, so that you can ensure it is cut down before it can do any damage to your roofing.
2) Inspect Your Attic: It is important to have a tight seal for your roofing. Roofing does need to breath, but in the proper places with the proper materials such as vent fans. However, when roofing has unintended air gaps, wind can get in and lead to damage to shingles, or even an entire roof being ripped off. The best way to tell if there is any substantial damage to the seals on your roofing is to go into your attic on a sunny day, turn off all the lights and see if there is any light getting in. If there is, you can have serious problems when there are high winds.
3) Strengthen the Structure: A roofing contractor, such as MCAS Roofing can strengthen your roofing. This can be done several ways. Firstly, metal straps or clips can be installed to connect the roofing to the walls of your home or commercial building. This is not easily done, so you should absolutely consult a professional roofing contractor.
4) Caulk Out the Air: Caulking is a cheap and easy way to help protect your roofing from high winds. You should caulk your roofing in a few areas. First, use a roofing cement to apply caulk under the roofing tabs. Then, apply roofing cement to edge of the roof wherever the shingles meet the rafters. This is a cost effective way to provide a little extra reinforcement to your roof.
5) Replace Damaged or Missing Shingles: Roofing is weakened in areas where shingles are missing or damaged. The best way to protect your roofing from high wind damage is to ensure your roofing is in good condition. If it is not, then areas with missing roofing shingles are the most prone to wind damage. It basically gives the wind a place to start ripping up shingles. Thus, contact a roofing professional, such as MCAS Roofing, to replace these shingles before it is too late!
Never before has Westchester NY had to worry about hurricanes. However, between Irene and Sandy in two years, we need to get on the defensive! Weather patterns are changing and it is likely that in the northeast, specifically Westchester, we will begin to see higher winds, more drastic storms, and colder conditions. MCAS Roofing has seen the most damage from customers in Rye, Mamaroneck, Croton on the Hudson, Tarrytown, Peekskill, Yonkers, and other Westchester NY towns that are on the water. We can protect ourselves, but we need to take the appropriate actions before its too late. A week before a storm is no time to be running around trying to fix all of our problems. But with proper preparation, we can protect ourselves and the homes we have worked so hard to build. MCAS Roofing & Contracting wants to help and will offer free roofing inspections to help identify any problem areas, and then offer extremely competitive rates to help sure up your roofing!