You may need different preparations for your roof depending on where you live. For the residents of Florida, purchasing a tarp beforehand is a very smart idea, as many roofing contractors and stores sell out after a hurricane. Some people use tarps to block debris, while others use tarps to fashion quick patch-fixes in any hurricane-induced damage that may have occurred to their roof. It’s also a good idea to trim or chop down any branches or trees that overhang on your property. 100mph winds have been known to throw a branch or two around.
For inclement weather, check with your insurance and what it covers. Many insurances cover roof damage; however, there are policies that have stipulations and strings attached, so make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into when you purchase an insurance policy.
For those of you that live in snowy states, it’s important to learn how to prevent roof collapse from the weight of snow accumulation. Snow rakes are handy, and snow removal services are abundant up north. Even a few weeks of snow accumulation can cause damage to a roof. Never be afraid to call a professional, and use extreme caution when clearing ice; you don’t want to be underneath an ice block when it falls off your roof.
As always, the roof and gutter should be cleared of debris, regardless of what state you live in.